German giant Volkswagen which currently lags years behind in developing autonomous driving tech when compared to other auto giants, is reportedly pulling up its socks to develop the tech.

In a very first of its interests in developing the tech, Automotive News reported that the company was scouting Silicon Valley to develop the self-driving tech.

Reports suggest that the German carmaker had shown interest in buying Aurora Innovations an autonomous driving startup founded by former employees of Tesla Inc. and Alphabet Inc.

Reports suggest that the German carmaker had shown interest in buying Aurora Innovations an autonomous driving startup founded by former employees of Tesla Inc. and Alphabet Inc.

The Autonomous-tech startup was founded by Sterling Anderson, the former director of autonomy for Tesla, Drew Bagnell from Uber Technologies Inc. and Chris Urmson, who headed Alphabet’s self-driving car project before it was named Waymo.

In January, Volkswagen had announced a partnership with Aurora at the CES technology show in Las Vegas. However, the announcement was merely a collaboration and nothing of a permanent sort.

'Robotaxi' as it is popularly known in the auto industry has become a hot topic since Tesla introduced the futuristic tech to its lineup. This was a driving force for other companies such as Volvo who sprung into action to develop its own self-driving tech.

The talks about buying the company, however, fell out as the company wanted to maintain its independence and work with more than one carmaker. This development comes amid a rat race between auto giants who are longing to implement autonomous driving, starting with public transport systems.

‘Robotaxi’ as it is popularly known in the auto industry has become a hot topic since Tesla introduced the futuristic tech to its lineup. This was a driving force for other companies such as Volvo who sprung into action to develop its own self-driving tech.