AutoComplete: Volkswagen prices 2018 Atlas from $30,500Plus: Daimler and Bosch team up for self-driving taxis, and a new study ranks automakers on self-driving-car development.
Here's what's making news on Road Show. Volkswagen has a new three road crossover and it's actually pretty affordable. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas starts at just $30,500 which nets you a 235 HP four banger and front wheel drive. If you want the 2076 horsepower V6, all-wheel driver, any number of upgrades including a 12.3 inch display in the dash, it'll cost you some extra coin. There are five total trims and the price can balloon all the way up to $48,490. Bosch and Daimler are teaming up to bring self-driving taxis to a city near you. The two have entered into a partnership in the hopes of delivering SAE level four and level five autonomous driving by 2020. They'll start with a self-driving taxi in the hopes of easing urban congestion and swaying consumer sentiment towards autonomy. If it's anything like the incredible F 015 concept, I'm already for it. According to a new study from Navigant Research, there are four automakers leading the charge in autonomous development. Ford, GM, Daimler and Renault-Nissan. Navigant's study ranks automakers and suppliers based on how close they are to developing and deploying a Level 4 autonomous car. Those four automakers shouldn't rest easy, though, because a number of groups, including BMW, Waymo, Volkswagen and Delphi aren't too far behind. You shouldn't expect the self driving car to arrive in your town next year, but when one does, you can make a pretty safe bet as to what badge will be on the grille. Find more on these stories over on theroadshow.com. And we'll talk to you tomorrow.