All around the world technology is progressing at an ever-greater pace. The automotive sector provides one of the most visible demonstrations of how advanced technology is changing our lives.
Many Volkswagen passenger cars are already equipped with the ability to take control of certain aspects of everyday driving. Examples include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which under certain conditions will maintain a predetermined distance to the car in front, even as that car’s speed increases and decreases. City emergency braking primes the car’s brakes when a possible collision is detected, so when the driver reacts the brakes are activated even quicker than is usual. A further example is Lane Assist, which keeps the car in between the white lines that define the edges of a particular lane or road by gently steering.
Autonomous driving is advancing all the time. Currently, the driver must keep their hands on the steering wheel when Volkswagen’s Lane Assist system is active. But in the future, that won’t be the case.
Volkswagen’s I.D. will be launched in 2020. It will include a fully-automated ‘I.D. Pilot’ mode from 2025. This will be activated when the driver touches the VW logo on the steering wheel, which then disappears into the instrument panel. At that point all driving functions will be taken over by the Volkswagen I.D.
The future of autonomous driving is getting closer and Volkswagen is taking a holistic approach to the opportunities that the fully-autonomous car will provide.
The Volkswagen Group will be intensifying the interaction between its digitalisation and design activities – a groundbreaking approach for the automotive industry. Three Volkswagen Group Future Centers will be located in Europe (Potsdam), America (California) and Asia (China). Designers and digitalisation experts will work hand-in-hand on the car of the future.
The mission: to make Volkswagen Group vehicles best in class in terms of customer experience, interface design, operating logic, new interior concepts, and infotainment/entertainment.