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The Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept is the brand's idea of what a high-tech sedan could be like in 2030. On the outside, it doesn't look too different from the four-door vehicles that you can currently find on the road, but the interior is a vision of the future by completely doing away with conventional controls. Instead, occupants use voice commands and gestures to tell the car where to go. A network of sensors and artificial intelligence take over the driving work from there.
The Vizzion's design takes cues from other members of the I.D. family of concepts. The front end, especially, with headlights stretching across the entire nose evokes the I.D. Crozz. A large greenhouse and arching roofline make the sedan appear sleek, and the smooth lines accentuate its futuristic appearance.
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On the outside, there are a largely hidden network of lasers, radar sensors, cameras, and more. In addition, the computers monitor traffic data from the cloud and compare it with what the on-board sensors show. VW also imagines using vehicle-to-vehicle communication as yet another method of gathering info about the road ahead.
With its focus on fully autonomous driving, VW's designers put their major emphasis on the Vizzion's cabin. Inside, occupants find four, big captain's chairs and thick carpeting on the floor. The large windows and glass roof let in lots of natural light, but folks can electronically darken the cabin when they want privacy. It looks like a very comfy place to take a drive.
VW also packs the cabin with tech. One of the oddest touches is incorporation of Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality tech that can project virtual displays in front of occupants. The car's artificial intelligence also learns about the owner and frequent occupants. For example, the system learns things like a person's preferred seating position and climate control settings.
Like the other models in VW's I.D. family of concepts, the Vizzion uses a fully electric drivetrain. There's a motor at the front making 101 horsepower and another at the rear with 201 horsepower, which allows for an all-wheel-drive layout. Under the floor, a 111-kilowatt-hour battery provides 413 miles of range in the European testing cycle.
Gallery: VW I.D. Vizzion at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS ALL-ELECTRIC I.D. VIZZION CONCEPT
AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
The fourth member of the I.D. Family features Level 5 automation and artificial intelligence
• Based on the MEB platform, the I.D. VIZZION concept showcases sedan design of the future
• Concept car features an electric all-wheel-drive system delivering 302 horsepower and an
anticipated range of up to 413 miles on the European cycle
• I.D. VIZZION features Level 5 autonomy, operating solely with voice and gesture control
• Via artificial intelligence, I.D. VIZZION is capable of learning
• I.D. VIZZION uses biometrics to open doors and adjust settings for known occupants
Wolfsburg/Geneva, (March 52018) —Starting in 2020, Volkswagen will be launching the I.D. Family, a range
of newly-developed electric vehicles with long driving ranges and visionary design that will come to market in
quick succession. Three I.D. models have already been presented as concept cars: the compact I.D.; the I.D.
CROZZ SUV; and the I.D. BUZZ microbus. At the Geneva International Motor Show,Volkswagen will present
the newest member of the I.D. Family: the I.D. VIZZIONsedan. It drives autonomously, is operated by voice
and gesture control, and thanks to artificial intelligence, will be capable of learning.
In a vision of what may be possible by the year 2030, the I.D. VIZZION’s ‘digital chauffeur’ assumes control of
the vehicle—without a steering wheel or visible controls. The concept car drives, steers and navigates
autonomously in traffic, enabling passengers to sit back and enjoy the ride. A virtual ‘host’ knows the personal
preferences of the vehicle guests and it adapts to each of them individually. Interaction with the I.D. VIZZION is
possible via augmented reality and newly designed mixed reality eyewear—the HOLOLENSTM developed by
The I.D. VIZZION concept car is one of the first cars to have the potential of artificial intelligence incorporated
into its concept. Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to programs capable of self-learning by using algorithms to
recognize, evaluate and interpret patterns. Over time, these systems continue to learn more, which enables
them to react to new situations.
Currently, developers define comprehensive program code that describes all aspects of system behavior. For
example, Volkswagen’s Lane Assist feature uses a conventional, model-based program which precisely
describes mathematical parameters for the visual recognition of lane markings. In the programing, the
developers must also incorporate all sorts of deviations—such as missing or interrupted lane markings—so that
they can handle all conceivable scenarios. The optical information supplied by the front camera is then
compared with the mathematical description of lane markings, and if they agree Lane Assist is activated and
ready to intervene.
Programs are now being trained, however,to learn very complex parameters. In this training process, they
learn to deduce unknown facts based on machine learning. At Volkswagen, machine learning is being used in
determining the vehicle environment by the use of peripheral cameras. For example, the cameras must
recognize whether they are 'seeing' a truck, passenger car, pedestrian or bicycle rider. To achieve this,
developers feed an image recognition algorithm with thousands of pieces of training data – images of trucks,
passenger cars, pedestrians and bicycle riders. It trains with images to distinguish between the different road
users. This enables the implementation of new functions.
Artificial intelligence requires a program that can draw its own conclusions autonomously, which allows it to
make its own decisions. The automobiles of tomorrow will operate with far fewer control elements, and with
controls that can be operated fully intuitively. Assistants like the system integrated in the I.D. VIZZION adapt
more perfectly to its users from day to day. The system recognizes their needs and tastes—such as seat and air
conditioning settings and their favorite playlists—and activates them autonomously as a function of the
context and situation. Hardware and software will be optimally synchronized by the Volkswagen car's artificial
intelligence. For autonomous driving, this also includes the essential laser and radar sensors, cameras and
electronic control units. They independently share the data and derive the right driving manoeuvre based on
their own decisions.
Fully Autonomous Driving
With the I.D. VIZZION, Volkswagen is showing the maximum extension stage of automated driving. The levels
of automation are subdivided into five levels. From Level 4, the multiple redundantly designed technologies
for automated driving are so intelligent that a driver is no longer needed. Nonetheless, cars operating at Level
4 still have a steering wheel and cockpit inside, and the user can choose to drive it conventionally as well.
The I.D. VIZZION is designed for Level 5, so it drives exclusively as a fully autonomous vehicle. Consequently,
there is no longer any need for a driver's seat, steering wheel, dash panel or foot pedals. The I.D. VIZZION
detects its environment via inter-connected laser scanners, ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors for objects in the
near-zone and radar sensors for long distances, front and rear cameras and side area view cameras. Traffic
data is also continually obtained via the cloud and is compared with the data in the I.D. VIZZION. Future
networking of vehicles with one another will also enable the Volkswagen car to utilize the swarm intelligence
of the immediate surroundings and the larger environment (Car-2-Car and Car-2-X). In addition, the I.D.
VIZZION integrates high-resolution digital maps into navigation.
Electric all-wheel drive
The drive system components of the MEB architecture—two motors, two transmissions, the electronics that
link everything together and the high-voltage battery—are optimally incorporated into the I.D. VIZZION
The lithium-ion battery has an energy density of 111 kWh and is housed in the vehicle floor. This creates more
interior space, lowers the center of gravity and ensures ideal weight distribution. The same applies to the two
electric motors on the front and rear axles. The motor in front is a 101-hp coaxial drive, and a compact 201-hp
motor is used at the rear. They develop a total system power of 302 hp and drive their respective axles directly.
Intelligent drive control ensures optimal handling properties in every situation.
The I.D.VIZZION concept has an anticipated range of up to 413 miles on the European cycle. The power
electronics are a crucial link for controlling the flow of high-voltage energy between the motors and the
battery. The power electronics convert the direct current (DC) stored in the battery into alternating current
(AC). The ideal method for charging the battery is over an inductive interface. But conventional charging via a
plug is also possible with the Combined Charging System (CCS), charging stations or conventional electrical
The proportions of the I.D. VIZZIONdifferentiate it from comparable production vehicles in the premium class.
The wheelbase (122.0 inches) and roof are extremely long, while the front and rear overhangs are short. This
creates more space than in today’s premium sedanmodels. In addition, the I.D. VIZZION sets new standards
with its refined aerodynamics. The concept car is 203.3 inches long, 76.7 inches wide, and 59.3 inches tall.
From the front, the I.D. VIZZION creates a dynamic look with its front fascia, which is extremely low in the
middle, and its fenders that rise sharply to the sides. Light also dominates the front-end design, with a white,
illuminated VW badge, which develops into a white, animated light axis. As soon as the I.D. VIZZION recognizes
one of its passengers via electronic key or a facial scan, this light axis flows over the side of the body and the
white-illuminated door handles and into the rear body.
The lighting concept is designed to be interactive. For example, active lighting elements in the front end adapt
to the environment of the vehicle according to the driving situation. The I.D. VIZZION uses HD Matrix lights—a
first for Volkswagen. These intelligent dipped beam and main beam headlights operate with 8,000 light pixels.
In the future, these dots of light can be used to project symbols and displays in front of the car. These could be
the virtual 'zebra stripes' of a pedestrian crossing, signaling to pedestrians that the I.D. VIZZION has recognized
them, and is stopping to let them cross the road safely.
In profile, the I.D. VIZZION is simple, yet elegant. The coupe-like roofline of the concept car extends past the
wheelarches in the rear, creating the silhouette of a GT. The side sections are eye-catching with their
seamlessly designed surfaces. Even the windows are completely flush with the body panels, making the
greenhouse visually merge more with the shoulder and side sections of the body. Suicide doors dominate the
space between the aerodynamically designed 24-inch wheels. They open electrically in opposite directions at
up to a 0-degree angle. This, and the lack of B-pillars, enables exceptionally easy egress.
The rear, with its sharp trailing edge, has ideal aerodynamic properties. Instead of a conventional trunk lid, an
electrically actuated rear hatch swings upward, giving access to a 20.0 cubic-foottrunk. Like the rest of the
concept car, the rear also exhibits clean and expressive styling. The white light axis is present at the rear too.
This low-profile strip of LEDs wraps into the sides of the car and the rear fenders, emphasizing the width of the
I.D.VIZZION. Immediately above, a red LED strip provides tail and brake light functions. The rear window
doubles as a gigantic OLED display, allowing it to become a third brake light. As braking intensifies,the brake
light enlarges interactively from bottom to top.
The I.D. VIZZION has an interior which enables a new dimension in travel. Since the I.D. VIZZION is conceived
for fully autonomously driving, there is no need for a traditional driver's seat with cockpit. Therefore, the space
was designed create a lounge-like atmosphere. Four ergonomically balanced seats form the center of this
world. Footrests invite guests to relax, and a bright atmosphere is created with large side windows and a
continuous panoramic sunroof that runs from front to rear. To ensure that the transparency of the space is not
too great, the glass surfaces can be darkened electronically. At maximum darkening, the privacy glass is nearly
The car has no dash panel, as the concept vehicle is primarily operated by gesture and voice control. In
addition, all guests aboard the I.D. VIZZION can, if they wish, use a HOLOLENSwhich projects a virtual interface
into the real space by augmented reality. However, there are still two rotary/pushbutton controls on the center
console of the I.D.VIZZION (one front, one rear) to enable the intuitive manual control of functions such as
entertainment volume control. These controls can also fully stop the concept car.
The virtual hostrecognizes its occupants by biometric facial recognition or electronic device, such as a
smartphone, and is able to call up settings from the cloud via the Volkswagen ID, automatically adjusting the
settings for individual occupants. The profile for the Volkswagen ID can control parameters such as seating,
lighting, climate control, infotainment (including streaming services) and scents.
In addition, the virtual assistant reacts predictively to a wide variety of events and relevant points of interest.
For example, if the car is approaching a traffic jam that cannot be avoided, the interactive assistant
automatically communicates the new arrival time for the given destination. If there is a cafe along the route,
which one of the guests would like to make use of, the assistant asks whether it should drive to the cafe or
perhaps order a coffee to go and pay for it. The car can also be interconnected with all conceivable digital
devices, including fitness trackers. Via these and/or the HOLOLENS, the I.D. VIZZION tracks the vital
parameters of its passengers. For example, if it notices that someone is too hot, it adjusts the temperature
downward for the area of that passenger via indirect ventilation of the four-zone automatic air conditioner.
Three different travel modes can be activated on-board via the personal assistant: Relax, Active, and Family. In
the Active mode, for example, the passenger can sit as usual, work, communicate, play and call up information
on the drive. As soon as a guest activates Relax mode, a footrest extends out, relaxingmusic is played, and the
ambient lighting switches to a warm color. In addition, various scenarios can be called up via the HOLOLENS.
They include the digital Business, Navigation, Entertain, Communication, and—especially for any children onboard—Learning
modes. The projections that are customized for each mode are shown in the user's visual field
as augmented reality via the HOLOLENS. The Business mode, for example, makes it possible to participate in
meetings by video chat or easily process e-mails and presentations. In Learning mode, children can call up
games and learning apps.
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