The Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ – part of the I.D. family, which was confirmed for production, will get AI technology and self-driving, the company announced at CES 2018.
The I.D. BUZZ will get “Intelligent Co-Pilot” capabilities, which will include convenience and assistance systems based on sensor data from both inside and outside of the vehicle. The systems can be enhanced throughout the vehicle’s lifetime 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, the company said.
Building on the NVIDIA DRIVE IX Intelligent Experience 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.
Volkswagen has been working with NVIDIA for a research on deep learning in VW’s Data Lab in Munich.
The company plans to have more than 20 fully electric vehicles by 2025.
“Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the car,” CEO Dr Herbert Diess said. “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.”
“In just a few years, every new vehicle should have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality,” Huang said. “Working with Volkswagen, we are creating a new generation of cars that are safer, more enjoyable to ride in than anything that has come before, and accessible to everyone.”