Volkswagen closes $2.6 billion investment in self-driving startup Argo AI

Argo, founded in 2016 by Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander, is now jointly controlled by Volkswagen and Ford, which made an initial investment in Argo shortly after it was founded.
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| Updated on: 02 Jun 2020, 11:05 AM
File Photo: The logo of Volkswagen is pictured at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S. (REUTERS)
File Photo: The logo of Volkswagen is pictured at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S. (REUTERS)

German automaker Volkswagen AG has closed its $2.6 billion investment in Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based self-driving startup disclosed in a blog post on Tuesday.

Argo, founded in 2016 by Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander, is now jointly controlled by VW and Ford Motor Co, which made an initial investment in Argo shortly after it was founded.

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Details of the VW investment, which does not include an agreement to purchase $500 million worth of Argo stock from Ford, was announced last July.

(Also read: Volkswagen approves further projects in Ford alliance)

VW's agreement includes the transfer to Argo of its Munich-based Autonomous Intelligent Driving unit, which boosts Argo's employment to more than 1,000, according to Salesky.

Last week, VW disclosed that its supervisory board had approved several projects in a multibillion-dollar alliance with Ford that also was announced last July.

(Also read: Volkswagen in final talks to seal biggest deal with Chinese EV firms: Sources)

Ford created Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC in 2018, pledging to invest $4 billion until 2023 and had sought outside investors to help share the spiraling cost of developing autonomous vehicles.

First Published Date: 02 Jun 2020, 11:05 AM IST
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