It's also an all-electric, AWD sedan with 302 hp and a 413-mile range.
Volkswagen has revealed the fourth member of the I.D. concept family here at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Called the I.D. Vizzion, this is an all-electric, all-wheel drive sedan built on the automaker’s MEB platform and features Level 5 autonomous driving capability, a 413-mile range, and, perhaps most interestingly, artificial intelligence. Not only can it be operated by voice and gesture control, but it is also capable of learning thanks to AI. VW wants us to think of the I.D. Vizzion as a preview to what cars in the year 2030 will be like.
Something called “digital chauffeur” assumes full control of the sedan without the need for a steering wheel or any other visible controls. There’s a virtual host that knows the personal preferences of each passenger and can adapt to each one accordingly. This is possible thanks to the Microsoft-developed Hololens, which is a type of mixed-reality eyewear. Perhaps most strikingly, however, is that this is one of the first cars (and certainly not the last) to feature AI. It’s capable of self-learning by using algorithms that can recognize, evaluate and interpret patterns. The system continues to learn over time so that it can adapt to new situations. Welcome to Skynet.
And so that you fully understand the significance of this concept, Level 5 autonomy is the highest level possible, meaning no human being is required at the wheel. Even vehicles with Level 4 autonomy (today we’re at Level 3) still have steering wheels. In other word, the I.D. Vizzion does not even an official driver’s seat. No steering wheel. No pedals. Instead, it utilizes ultra-sonic sensors, radar sensors and inter-connected laser scanners, and a series of cameras while driving. Power is sourced from two motors, each with their own transmission. A 111-kWh lithium-ion battery sends power to motors for a combined total of 302 hp.
The front motor is a 101-hp coaxial drive, and compact 201-hp motor is at the rear. The exterior is quite dramatic, with an extremely long wheelbase and roof, and short front and rear overhangs. VW claims this allows for optimal interior space. The front is extremely low in the middle, and its fenders rise sharply to the sides. Once the vehicle recognizes one of its passengers via an electronic key or facial scan, white, animated light axis flows from the front to the sides of the body all the way to the rear, and the doors open. Those headlights operate with 8,000 light pixels. The interior is totally different by today’s standards because all passengers can simply sit and enjoy the ride, hence the lounge-like atmosphere.
There’s a lot of glass surfaces, which can be darkened electronically, as well as gesture and voice control. There are, however, still a pair of rotary/push button controls on the center console allowing for some manual control of functions like volume. Fortunately, these controls can also stop the car fully if necessary. Along with Relax, Active and Family travel modes to choose from, the I.D. Vizzion is exactly that – a vision of the future that’s not so far away.