Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VW) announced on Friday that its upcoming electric ID. BUZZ van is still on time for production in 2022, and that its autonomous version would hit the roads just a few years later in 2025.
The all-electric ID. BUZZ will be the company's first to also drive autonomously.
And this year, the company will carry out field trials in Germany, which will use the self-driving system by Argo AI in VW's future ID. BUZZ van version.
Argo AI is a company that specializes in creating software platforms for autonomous driving that VW and Ford have partnered up to equally invest in.
The main goal of turning the electric ID. BUZZ into a self-driving system is to increase carpooling and ride-hailing services, offer robo-taxi and vans services, as well as increase safety on the roads.
The company's Head of Autonomous Driving, Christian Senger explained "The aim is to develop a ride-hailing and pooling concept similar to what MOIA offers today. In the middle of this decade, our customers will then have the opportunity to be taken to their destination in selected cities with autonomous vehicles."
VW's ID. BUZZ
VW's upcoming ID. BUZZ is based on the brand's iconic camper van, just with a futuristic twist.
The van has a range of 372 miles (600 km) per charge and features Augmented Reality on its front windscreen that guides drivers, along with the navigation system information being on display directly on the road in front of them.
Each driver will have a personal User ID, which saves all their preferred settings from their favorite music playlist to their seat adjustment settings.
On top of that, it has a touchscreen driver's wheel, so gone are the days of pressing buttons of clicking windshield wipers on. All will be managed at the swipe or touch of a finger.
And the seating arrangements can be switched around at will in the back of the van to fit each group's personal needs and comforts.