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The ID. Vizzion.
The ID. Vizzion.
Imagine your car could understand your voice and recognise your gestures. That it was naturally intuitive to operate. Imagine it could even drive for you, entirely on electric power. With the ID. family, this vision is becoming reality. The ID. prototype Vizzion is leading the charge for the new generation of electric vehicles.
Volkswagen began developing its modular electric drive matrix (MEB) in 2015, creating a framework for the creation of all future electric cars. At the world premiere of the ID. Vizzion during the Geneva International Motor Show, the future was already looking bright. “From the very first glance, the ID. Vizzion clearly shows how the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) gives us a completely new level of freedom in terms of interior and exterior design" Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Board of Management told the audience.
The ID. Vizzion is all about revolutionary design and this is immediately evident inside, where passengers are greeted by an unrestricted field of view. The designers chose to remove the B-pillars and add larger windows as well as a panoramic sunroof. The signature design characteristics, found throughout all the ID. models, highlight the saloon’s elegant silhouette. Extra emphasis is added by the LED light strips running along the radiator grille, across the sides and door handles, and then down to the rear bumper. When the ID. Vizzion recognises familiar passengers the LED lights begin to pulse, this is thanks to the car’s facial recognition system which reacts as you approach. The lounge interior is another of the ID. Vizzion’s innovations. The car is built to give you a sense of freedom and to be so comfortable your journeys become experiences. The generous sense of space goes well beyond the limits of other luxury class vehicles of this size. Open the door and you’ll find a wall-to-wall dash panel but no steering wheel or instruments. You interact with the car completely intuitively, for example with a hand gesture. Your gestures will be read by virtual screens that are projected using augmented reality. These screens are made visible via HoloLens mixed reality glasses.
In 2022 the ID. Vizzion will go into mass production with a conventional control system, but the latest prototype shows what Volkswagen believes could be possible by 2030. The ID. Vizzion will be the first Volkswagen to have no steering wheel or pedals. Instead it has a ‘digital chauffeur’ that can navigate and drive the car for you. The car will even recognise your voice and automatically switch to your temperature and lighting preferences. A series of laser scanners, ultrasound sensors, front and rear radar sensors, and an array of cameras provide a 360 view of your immediate surroundings. The artificial intelligence system is completely reactive to your environment so responds to hazards and communicates with other road users when needed. The 8000 individually controlled HD Matrix LEDs in the headlights meanwhile can project graphics in front of the ID. Vizzion, for instance a virtual zebra crossing to assure pedestrians they can cross safely. The interior also offers some of the most advanced technology ever developed by Volkswagen.
With two motors on the front and rear axles, the ID. Vizzion has a total of 225 kW of power. Plus with the all-wheel drive system, it can conquer any terrain. Thanks to the MEB many of the car's technical features and specifications can be adapted to different user needs, as Dr Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Board Member for Technical Development, explained “The technical principle behind the ID. family is very impressive: the size, battery and drive system are all scalable. This means that we can occupy numerous segments and fulfil all of our customers’ needs, from compact cars right up to touring saloons.”
It might sound like science fiction, but it could soon be reality. Almost all of the technologies inside the ID. Vizzion either already exist or are currently in development at Volkswagen. “We plan to be building around one million all-electric vehicles per year by 2025. The compact ID. and ID. Crozz SUV will kick us off in 2020. In 2022, these will be followed by the ID. Buzz touring saloon and the ID. Vizzion, whose prototype we presented in Geneva”, says Dr. Diess. At Volkswagen, the future is just around the corner.