VW Investing in Ford’s Self-Driving Car

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July 16, 2019—Volkswagen is now investing around $2.6 billion in Ford’s autonomous vehicle partner, Argo AI, in a deal that values the startup at $7 billion, according to Market Watch.

The $2.6 billion investment in Argo includes $1 billion in capital funding and the autonomous-driving division in Munich, which the companies placed at $1.6 billion.

Ford and VW started talking last year, leading to January’s deal to partner on vans and trucks, with the EV and self-driving talks growing from these early discussions. Both companies have said they are not interested in cross-ownership deals.

AlixPartners LLP, a consulting firm, forecasts that about $45 billion will be spent on developing autonomous vehicles globally by 2025.

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