An I.D. for the Future

This is a concept car that may be able to learn your preferences and driving needs, adjust the seat to your own personal settings, and in the future could even help you drive to your destination. Meet Volkswagen’s new concept I.D.

The concept I.D. kicks off a new generation of innovative concept electric vehicles. The I.D. is based entirely on a new architecture developed specifically and exclusively for all-elec­tric vehicles. Freed from the constraints of the combustion engine or the challenges that come with plug-in hybrid vehicles, in the future, the I.D. could operate on a different level. Powered by a 125 kW (170 PS) electric motor, the concept I.D. could make zero-tailpipe emission driving more widely available.

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When Volkswagen unveiled the I.D. concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, it also showed how it is looking beyond 2020 toward a future that includes automated driving. Those goals include futuristic ideas such as a steering wheel that can retract into the instrument panel at the push of a button. This could give the driver an entirely different sense of space. The feeling of space is already evident in the design, with a generous interior made possible by placing the motor on the rear axle and the high-voltage battery in the floor.

But perhaps the smartest features are the connectedness and intuitive usability that can engage with the driver’s own preferences. Future potential I.D. drivers would have their own Volkswagen ID so they could unlock and start their cars with a compatible smartphone, and store personal settings such as seat position, navigation settings, temperature control, and playlists.

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Active Info Display and head-up display are already available in some of Volkswagen’s advanced models. The concept I.D. plans to offer even more: no switches, no sticks; just screens.

The concept I.D. plans to retire the conventional car key, replacing it with a Digital Key installed on your compatible smartphone that can unlock and start up the car.

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Designers intend to build the concept I.D. according to a new vehicle architecture, developed exclusively for all-electric vehicles. This could make zero tailpipe emissions more common.


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The concept I.D. embodies a new design language. Central to that is the importance of space. The concept I.D. car’s steering wheel, which can retract into the instrument panel, could also work with automated driving technology in the future.