At the kickoff of the 2018 CES event, Volkswagen CEO Dr Herbert Diess and NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang discussed how AI is transforming the car industry and highlighted the new I.D. BUZZ, a modern reincarnation of the iconic Volkswagen MicroBus, reimagined in electric car form and infused with AI technology for the cockpit and self-driving.
“Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the car. Autonomous driving, zero-emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future.”
AI infusion into Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ includes what VW refers to as “Intelligent Co-Pilot” capabilities, which will include convenience and assistance systems based on processing sensor data from both inside and outside of the car. The systems can be enhanced throughout the life of the vehicle via software updates, and can gain new capabilities as further developments are made in autonomous driving. Thanks to deep learning, the car of the future will learn to accurately assess situations and analyze the behavior of others on the road, enabling it to make the right decisions.
Building on the NVIDIA DRIVETM IX platform, AI-enabled features such as facial recognition for unlocking the vehicle from the outside, driver alerts for bicycles, gesture recognition for user controls, natural language understanding for flawless voice control, and gaze tracking for driver distraction alerts are all possible.
The I.D. BUZZ is part of the I.D. family with which Volkswagen will launch its electric car campaign and gradually introduce autonomous driving starting in 2020. More than 20 fully electric vehicles are planned by 2025 toward its goal of becoming the world leader in this area.
These new models are based on the completely new MEB car architecture. Using a battery that is integrated flat in the chassis floor, and a compact drive system, they offer a generous and highly variable interior. From the start, the models based on the MEB architecture will offer the very latest assistance systems and will be prepared for the respective levels of autonomous driving that are available. The MEB electronic systems will also be gradually introduced to vehicles with conventional drive systems that are based on the MQB architecture.