In today’s world, it is not unusual to have smart phones or other electronics that could recognize their owner’s faces. Actually, in the near future, it will likely be a standard feature in all personal gadgets. Having said that, even the automotive industry is looking into this technology - how cool is that?
We applaud Volkswagen for developing this idea and eventually offering it in its vehicles. We could certainly all benefit from using sophisticated forms of autonomous technology on the road. In fact, VW has recently announced a new partnership with Nvidia. At the 2018 CES, the automaker talked about the next-generation technology on the upcoming I.D. Buzz concept. The automaker believes that this van is the perfect model for showcasing the technologies it has been working on.
Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, said during the announcement of the partnership that after a few years, most, if not all, vehicles will have AI assistants for voice, gesture, and facial recognition, along with augmented reality. He then said that by working with Volkswagen, they are beginning to create a generation of safer and more enjoyable vehicles that will soon be accessible to everyone, something that they have not seen before.
Because the partnership between Volkswagen and Nvidia is still young, they currently do not have an actual demonstration of the said technology yet. Though they do have a name for it, which is Intelligent Co-Pilot. One of the interesting features this technology has to offer is that it can recognize the owner and automatically unlock the doors. It can also track a person’s gaze to see where he is looking. Moreover, the company promises that as development goes deeper, the AI will be able to assess situations as well as analyze the behaviour of other drivers. Over time, the system will be able to learn new features via software updates.
A lot of people have been waiting for the Buzz, a retro classic Type 2 bus to come to the market, but we will have to wait a little longer before it arrives in 2022. The Buzz is expected to share VW’s EV focused MEB platform, though the concept that we saw used an electric motor at each axle, which was able to carry out as much as 369 horsepower (275 kilowatts).
Its 111 kilowatt-hour battery is also capable of reaching an estimated 270 miles when it was going through tests in the United States. Following its launch in 2022, we could expect a rear wheel drive version with slightly lower output of 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) as well as a smaller 83-kWh battery pack.