Volkswagen’s latest I.D. concept will feature full Level 5 autonomy.
Next week, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen will be presenting its latest vision of future autonomous mobility with the Vizzion, the latest member of the I.D. Concept EV family. Ahead of its reveal, the German automaker has released a few new photos and videos of the electric sedan concept following previous sketch designs. The first video gives us a first look at the I.D. Vizzion’s sleek headlights, which feature an abundance of LED lights and a design language that looks like an evolution of the Arteon four-door coupe.
Another video gives us a sneak preview of the Vizzion’s living room-style interior, while the latest teaser photo shows an overhead view of the LED-lit cabin. You may notice there’s no traditional controls, with no steering wheel, pedals or even a gear stick in sight. That’s because the Vizzion has been designed to feature Level 5 self-driving technology, and will incorporate new control interfaces and augmented reality interaction. Obviously, we don’t live in a world where fully autonomous cars roam the streets yet, but the Vizzion will highlight VW’s vision of what fully autonomous driving will be like in the future.
This is demonstrated in a new video released by VW set in the year 2050 looking back at the stages it took to get from manual-controlled vehicles to full autonomy. The video suggests that passengers will be able to use the time spent commuting to catch up on important work in autonomous vehicles.
Nobody enjoys getting stuck in traffic during the arduous commute to work, and even driving enthusiasts probably won’t complain if we’re able to do other things in the car as it drives you to work. The video also breaks down the five stages of autonomous technology and highlights how self-driving cars will improve road safety, ease congestion, and reduce pollution. It suggests that level 4 “high automation” will be the tipping point when the technology becomes advanced enough to bring these benefits in the journey to full autonomy. As for the I.D. Vizzion, VW’s Tesla Model S rival will be powered by two electric motors that send a combined output of 302 hp to all four wheels.
Top speed is 112 mph, and the 111-kWh lithium-ion battery provides a range of up to 413 miles. Expect more teasers to be released in the run up to the concept car’s reveal at Geneva next week