Volkswagen Is Creating a New Self-Driving Sedan for 2025
Autonomous Volkswagen I.D. VIZZION concept at Geneva
There’s an exciting turn in the automotive world. It’s become clear that self-driving vehicles, ones which can fully act as a personal chauffeur without the need for a paid driver, are going to be the next big thing. The only questions is which automaker can release one first. After all, those who are the first to mass-produce a new technology tend to be the companies that earn the most attention for the fresh technology. Clearly, there’s a fight to get there first. VW not only hopes to be first, but also to hit the ground running with 20 fully electric vehicles. With that, we’re about to see Volkswagen present a new autonomous concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show this spring. Called the I.D VIZZION, the concept car will be a vision of what VW expects the future of the automotive world to look like.
Features in the Volkswagen I.D. VIZZION
Here’s the thing about self-driving cars: what will you do if there’s no responsibility behind the wheel? Do you bring a book? Perhaps a craft? Automakers are already considering what it would really be like if there are no drivers, only passengers, and features need to cater to this. Which is why the I.D VIZZION conceptualizes a virtual host that will respond to voice commands and gesture controls, as well as record the comfort preferences of each passenger.
Here’s one thing we’re curious about: does a self-driving car need a powerful engine or electric powertrain? We’re not sure if 300 horsepower is necessary when you don’t have a pedal to push yourself, and we’ve never heard of an electric motor “roar,” but it never hurts to have more power. More important to consumers than power they can’t control is the projected range of the Volkswagen I.D. VIZZION. We’re talking 413 miles on a single charge.
Can Volkswagen really make a model that’s powerful and has a long range? Well, there’s seven years to try. Share your thoughts with a comment here at the Kuhn Volkswagen Blog.