VW's new concept blends virtual with reality

Volkswagen ID Vizzion previews electric luxury saloon

Volkswagen has revealed its plans for a new electric-powered luxury saloon that is set to join its line-up as an indirect replacement for the discontinued Phaeton with the unveiling of the bold I.D. Vizzion concept at the 2018 Geneva motor show. Passengers view these features with their HoloLens and operate them using gesture control.

Why does it matter? . But VW says the I.D. Vizzion concept highlights its vision for a time further in the future, when Level 5 full autonomous driving becomes possible. The combination is said to deliver a top speed of 180 kilometres an hour and it has a claimed driving range of up to 665 kilometres when regenerative braking is factored in. But the company does plan to release a production version of the vehicle by 2022, and also plans on production versions of the I.D. compact auto, I.D. Crozz crossover, and the I.D. Buzz, which is a reboot of the company's iconic minibus, in the next five years.

Should you buy it? .

In a double role, the I.D. Vizzion also serves to showcase Level 5 autonomous driving, self-learning, hologram-based interior control and augmented reality technology that Volkswagen says it is developing and expects to incorporate on its models from 2030.

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Having said all of that, the VW I.D Vizzion comes with an electric motor up front making 101 horses and another at the rear with 201 horses.

During the ride, the passengers can interact with the vehicle using Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality (AR), and voice commands, and gestures. VIZZION concept vehicle features an electric all-wheel-drive system delivering 302 horsepower and an estimated range of up to 413 miles on the European cycle. It will have a huge, lithium-ion 111 kWh battery pack (for comparison, the Tesla Model X's largest battery pack is 85 kWh).

Unlike the other concepts, there's no steering wheel or pedals in the I.D. Vizzion.

What's more, the car's "virtual host" recognizes passengers through biometric cues and adapts the car's interior settings to the individuals present.

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The company released no technical details or specifications for what is effectively a design study, although it projected that the production version would provide a battery range up to 400 miles (600 km) when measured on the European test cycle. VIZZION concept during the traditional Volkswagen Group Night event on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show. This makes for a low and wide appearing vehicle shaped as a conventional sedan with a defined hood, four-door passenger space, and rear deck. Additionally, there will be a fleet of front, rear and side cameras.

Some hard controls such as volume knobs and emergency buttons are also found in the I.D. Vizzion concept.

Notice the mention of the steering wheel.

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