VW Considers Sharing Autonomous-Car Tech to Defray Development Costs

Volkswagen AG is open to sharing future autonomous-vehicle systems with other manufacturers as it races to catch up with the likes of Waymo LLC in cost-intensive technologies that could transform the way people and goods move, according to an executive at the German automaker.

Joint projects beyond a deal with Ford Motor Co. signed in July — that includes a $2.6 billion investment in its U.S. peer’s affiliate Argo AI LLC — could help spread out costs more widely, said Alexander Hitzinger, VW’s senior vice president for autonomous driving.