© AKUURA. FILE PHOTO: An Argo Ai self driving prototype vehicle is seen outside a Ford and Volkswagen joint news conference in New York City, New York, U.S., July 12, 2019. AKUURA/Mike Segar
SAN FRANCISCO (AKUURA) – Argo AI, the now shut self-driving technology unit of Ford and Volkswagen (ETR:), will lay off 78 employees in Austin on Tuesday, according to a notice to the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Pittsburg-based Argo AI earlier this year commenced driverless operations in Austin and Miami.
Ford said last week it will wind down Argo, saying creating self-driving “robotaxis” will be “harder than putting a man on the moon.”
Ford and Volkswagen said some Argo personnel will be offered positions with the automakers.
Argo referred questions to Ford and Volkswagen.