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Busy-bee VW and top tech people to add Buzz to ‘Bus

  • Autonomous ability, artificial intelligence rules
  • VW re-birthing the iconic Microbus as the Buzz
  • It’s possible you can’t crash it – even if you triedf
VW'S ID BUZZ SHOW CAR: Is 'Buzz' and play on the original VW Bus identity. VW and co-creator Nvidia are not saying but its tech puts the family vehicle into a new dimension. Image: VW / Newspress
VW’S ID BUZZ SHOW CAR: Is ‘Buzz’ and play on the original VW Bus identity. VW and co-creator Nvidia are not saying but its tech puts the family vehicle into a new dimension. Image: VW / Newspress

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Volkswagen and Nvidia are sharing their vision at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show here of how artificial intelligence (AI) and “deep learning” will shape the development of a new generation of intelligent Volkswagen vehicles.

VW’s CEO Dr Herbert Diess and Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang discussed on stage how AI was transforming the auto industry and highlighted the new ID Buzz, VW’s re-birth of the VW Microbus as an electric vehicle equipped with AI technology for the cockpit and autonomous driving.

Diess explained: “Artificial intelligence is revolutionising cars/ Autonomous driving, zero exhaust emissions and digital networking will be virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning.

VW’S ID BUZZ SHOW CAR: A fancy new design of head/side lights and, given the name ‘Buzz’, a very beelike paint job.  Image: VW / Newspress

“Combining the imagination of VW with Nvidia, a leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future.”

‘SAFER THAN ANYTHING BEFORE’

Huang added: “Every new vehicle should, in just a few years, have AI assistance for voice, gesture and face recognition as well as augmented reality. With VW, we’re creating cars that will be safer and more enjoyable to ride in than anything before – and they’ll, and accessible to everybpdy.”

Focus on Intelligent Co-Pilot Capabilities

ONE exciting potential outcome of AI infusion into the Buzz is an “Intelligent co-pilot” to handle convenience and assistance systems based on processing data from inside and outside the car.

These, we were told, are systems that can be enhanced throughout the life of the vehicle through software updates to add capabilities as further developments are made in autonomous driving.

FACE-RECOGNITION DOOR LOCKS

Thanks to the aforementioned “deep learning”, car of the future will learn to assess situations and to analyse the behaviour of others on the road “before making accurate decisions”.

“Building on an Nvidia Drive IX Intelligent Experience platform,” VW said, “AI-enabled features such as face recognition to unlock the vehicle, alerts for bicyclists, gesture recognition for controls, natural language understanding for flawless voice control, and driver-wakening gaze-tracking all alerts are all possible.”

VW'S ID BUZZ SHOW CAR: Is 'Buzz' and play on the original VW Bus identity. VW and co-creator Nvidia are not saying but its tech puts the family vehicle into a new dimension. Image: VW / Newspress
VW’S ID BUZZ SHOW CAR: The ID ‘Buzz’ will, sometime in the near future, re-birth the VW Microbus but one automated and using artificial intelligence to relax the driver, the passengers – and other drivers, thanks to its crash-avoidance computing power. Image: VW / Newspress

Volkswagen’s path to Autonomous Driving

The ID Buzz is part of the ID family with which VW will launch its electric car campaign before the gradual introduction of autonomous driving from 2020. More than 20 fully electric vehicles are planned for launch by 2025, VW says, “towards our goal of becoming the world leader in this area”.

These new models will be based on new vehicle architecture to carry zero-emissions digital mobility and make use of the electric drive’s overall package benefits.

“Using a battery under the vehicle’s flat floor and a compact drive system,” VW says, “they will offer a generous and highly variable interior. Pioneering technology will be available from the electric compact-car segment such as an augmented-reality head-up display.”

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From the start the vehicles, it’s claimed, will have the latest assistance systems and be prepared for coming facets of autonomous driving.

Electronic systems, VW said, would be introduced gradually to vehicles with conventional drive systems but based on the new architecture.

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