VW’s Autonomous Car From the Future Has A Golden History
VW Group’s idea of the car of tomorrow seems to borrow a lot from yesterday.
As per Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, Volkswagen AG, VW’s I.D. Buzz Microbus, an autonomously functioning electric van, which made its debut at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show in January, borrows functionality and design elements from the VW’s first eight-seater the T-1 bus, which is known as the Bulli.
The driverless car design is a new version which has been provided with a lot of new features.
The I.D. Buzz concept that was shown at Detroit Motor Show featured an 111-kilowatt-hour battery pack that was floor mounted and up to 369 horsepower. The effective range of the vehicle was gauged to be 435 kilometres (270 miles) as per the U.S. standards. The car has the VW’s I.D. Pilot autonomous driving system, which comes complete along with a squared steering wheel that has the ability to retract into the vehicle’s instrument panel whenever the autonomous driving system is engaged.
The vehicle’s cockpit further includes a touch-sensitive steering mechanism, a large, detachable centre mounted tablet information screen and an augmented reality head-up display. The vehicle also features the capability of turning the third-row seats into a bed as well as features swivel chairs.
The I.D. Buzz’s interior looks futuristic, whereas the exterior exudes a feel to the microbus that VW sold in 1950. Although the car does provide newly designed LEDs which react to the presence of the driver.
VW hopes that the I.D. Buzz is an ideal vehicle for hauling a maximum of eight people for either commercial purposes or for car sharing. The vehicle has been built on the VW’s new MEB platform, and its concept version features an electric motor on all the axles.
The Bulli was designed to cater to the demands of people who wished for a vehicle that had the same powertrain as the Beetle, but with an option for seating eight. By the year 1956, the bus had about 91 percent share of the market in its segment and featured three body styles.
VW discontinued Bulli sales in the U.S. in 2003, but it has continued to sell the microbus in Europe, where it is in its sixth generation.