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Volkswagen, Argo AI to launch international trials of self-driving ID. BUZZ

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The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz is seen during the 88th International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

May 12 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and self-driving startup Argo AI will launch international autonomous driving trials of the all-electric VW ID.BUZZ microbus this summer, the German automaker said on Wednesday.

The first self-driving prototypes based on the ID. BUZZ will begin testing in Munich, Germany, Volkswagen said.

The company said its aim with the self-driving version of the ID.BUZZ was to facilitate commercial deployment of transport and delivery services in 2025.

"In select cities, customers will be able to have a self-driving vehicle take them to their destination," said Christian Senger, divisional director at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co (F.N) each own stakes in Argo.

Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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