Volkswagen has been busy working on several new electric vehicles lately, and among them is the serial version of the ID Buzz model. The electric minibus will be transformed from a concept into a mass-production model next year and will go on sale as early as the end of 2023. However, attention has been drawn to another prototype that is slightly different from all previous Buzz concepts.
During the ITS World Congress in Hamburg, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unveiled an autonomous prototype ambulance based on ID Buzz. Apparently, he is missing a driver, and the front seats are facing specialized medical equipment. Unfortunately, no additional information is available, although VW has released a video that gives a nice visualization of what the autonomous driving of this vehicle should look like.
In addition to the video, several other autonomous concepts are shown, including a driverless taxi, a delivery van and a kind of mobile office on wheels. The German car manufacturer emphasizes that these concepts are equipped with interiors made mainly of recycled materials, such as industrial waste, fishing nets… They are used for carpets and floor mats, as well as for glass and instrument panel components.
The company’s commercial vehicle department is also proud of the seat design in these autonomous prototypes. The seats in the self-driving shuttles are upholstered with material without animal origin, it is easy to clean and comfortable. However, VW acknowledges that the driving sharing services it currently uses in Hamburg are too small and too expensive to “really reach broad segments of the population for everyday mobility”.
Source: Auto magazin by www.magazinauto.com.
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