Horizon Robotics and Volkswagen Collaborate on Creating a “Third Living Space” for Chinese Consumers

BEIJING, March 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — In a recent ride around Beijing’s city center, Yu Kai, Founder and CEO of Horizon Robotics, a leading provider of energy-efficient computing solutions for consumer vehicles in China, and Ralf Brandstätter, Chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, expressed their enthusiasm about the fast-evolving digitalization of life in China, and their shared focus on creating cars that serve as a “third living space” for Chinese consumers.


Since taking on the position of VW Group China CEO in August 2022, Mr. Brandstätter has been greatly impressed by how digitalization has become a fundamental part of Chinese people’s lives, while Mr. Yu noted that Chinese consumers are increasingly expecting cars to serve as an extension of their living space beyond home and office.

In October 2022, Volkswagen Group and its software company CARIAD forged a partnership with Horizon Robotics to accelerate the development of automated driving solutions in China, aiming to bring consumers a safer and more convenient driving experience.

During their tour around Beijing in Volkswagen’s ID.6, both Mr. Yu and Mr. Brandstätter expressed their pride in the collaboration, and their confidence that the two companies will combine China’s speed with German quality to “make people’s lives much safer and better,” as Mr. Yu put it. Mr. Brandstätter shared his excitement for the future of automated driving, in which that car becomes a “time machine” — literally creating extra time for drivers to socialize, be productive, and enjoy entertainment.

The full video is available on the Horizon Robotics YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/y-7Yc0a9qFU.