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

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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.

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Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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