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Volkswagen and Ford have mentioned they are going to work collectively on creating self-driving and electrical automobiles in an try to cut back prices on new applied sciences.

VW plans to take a position $2.6bn (£2.1bn) in Ford’s self-driving unit, which is valued at $7bn.

The transfer comes after the duo mentioned in March they would build vans together.

The 2 companies mentioned while they remained “fiercely aggressive” within the automotive market, the tie-up would give them “important world scale” in new tech.

The settlement is the most recent instance of as soon as fierce trade rivals becoming a member of as much as develop new applied sciences.

In February, BMW and Daimler unveiled a three way partnership protecting new-generation companies reminiscent of driverless automobiles, ride-hailing, and pay-per-use automobiles.

Whereas late final 12 months, Honda invested $2.75bn (£2.1bn) in rival General Motors’ driverless unit with a view to launching a fleet of unmanned taxis.

There have been comparable tie-ups between Tesla and Daimler, and Volvo and PSA, in addition to a bunch of pacts between carmakers and tech companies.

As a part of the deal, VW will grow to be an equal stakeholder in Ford’s self-driving automobiles enterprise, whereas Ford will get entry to VW’s electrical automobile expertise.

VW chief govt Herbert Diess mentioned the companies had been persevering with to have a look at different areas which they may collaborate on.

The tie-up “improves the positions of each firms by higher capital effectivity, additional progress and improved competitiveness,” he mentioned.

Prof Peter Wells, director of the Centre for Automotive Trade Analysis at Cardiff Enterprise College, instructed the BBC earlier this 12 months, that the rising variety of collaborations between automotive companies was geared toward decreasing the chance and value of creating new applied sciences.

“The issue for the trade is that it’s struggling to afford its personal future.

“The analysis and growth to develop these new applied sciences additionally prices billions, so it is sensible to share the burden relatively than duplicating,” he mentioned.

Automobile companies are additionally dealing with new opponents within the trade reminiscent of Google and Uber that are additionally engaged on self-driving automobiles and have entry to monumental monetary sources.