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Volkswagen Unveils Advanced I.D. Vizzion Concept EV in Geneva

Volkswagen Unveils Advanced I.D. Vizzion Concept EV in Geneva

By Philly Murtha, March 05, 2018
Volkswagen revealed a futuristic I.D. Vizzion Concept electric sedan this week at the Geneva International Motor Show. The sleek, forward-thinking I.D. Vizzion is built on VW’s Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform and is the fourth model in VW’s I.D. fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) that begin reaching showrooms in 2020. VW officials say a major goal is to launch 30 EVs by 2025.

Futuristic is an understatement in describing this “smart” self-driving I.D. Vizzion electric sedan with “suicide doors” and a low-riding, curvy shape that features an electric all-wheel-Drive (AWD) system and a powerplant that will deliver 302 horsepower and have a possible driving distance of 413 miles (on the European cycle) before a recharge. The innards include two motors (101 horsepower and 201 horsepower) and two transmissions plus electronics that connect with a 111-kW lithium-ion battery.

A key element of the VW I.D. Vizzion Concept is “Level 5” automation that means the car operates with voice commands and gestures rather than with a steering wheel and visible controls. Hence, no dashboard. VW uses a complex artificial intelligence (AI) system to help the I.D. Vizzion mechanically learn, remember and adapt to passengers requirements and to improve its performance on the road. VW says the I.D. Vizzion’s brain will rely on sophisticated mathematical algorithms in addition to a bevy of interconnected laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors plus front, rear and side cameras as it travels.

The I.D. Vizzion “digital chauffeur” is the culmination of what VW sees as a transporter that is possible by 2030. Its interior reflects a “lounge-like” atmosphere with comfortable seats and footrests and vista windows with panoramic sunroof that adjust to light and darken electronically. Other futuristic elements include a virtual “host” that tracks personal preferences of individual passengers through biometric facial recognition. The I.D. Vizzion has been designed so it can interact through mixed reality Hololens eyewear developed by Microsoft. Foreshadowing its I.D. EV lineup, VW already has showcased an I.D., the I.D. Compact car, CROZZ SUV, and the I.D. BUZZ microbus.
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