Volkswagen Buzz To Get AI

JAN 9 2018 BY CHRIS BRUCE 9

Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ

The features will come as part of a greater partnership with Nvidia.

The auto industry is racing to bring increasingly sophisticated forms of autonomous technology to the road, and Volkswagen takes a step forward at CES by announcing a new partnership with Nvidia. They promise for this next-gen tech to debut on the road in the production version of the I.D. Buzz concept. It’s a fitting place to premiere the system because there aren’t many more annoying driver distractions than a van full of rowdy friends.

Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ

“In just a few years, every new vehicle should have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said when announcing the partnership.

“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.”

This partnership is still so new that VW doesn’t yet have a real-world demonstration of this tech, which it calls Intelligent Co-Pilot. The vehicle’s sensors would be able to do things like recognize the owner and automatically unlock the doors and do gaze tracking for knowing where a driver is looking. The company also promises that deep-learning capability would let future vehicles to learn how to assess situations and analyze the behavior of other drivers. The system can also gain new features over time via software updates.

The Buzz is VW’s long-awaited, retro-tinged revival of the classic Type 2 bus. The futuristic minivan arrives in 2022 and rides on Volkswagen’s EV-focused MEB platform. In concept form, the model used an electric motor at each axle for a total output of 369 horsepower (275 kilowatts). The 111-kilowatt-hour battery provided an estimated range of 270 miles under the test in the United States. The company was also clear that a rear-wheel-driver version was possible with 268 hp (200 kW) and an 83-kWh battery.

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Will they show a Full on Camper Van Version of this before production begins?

Someone out there

Facial recognition, gestures and voice control are all crap. I just want a practical, comfortable, long range and affordable car. Stop with all this other nonsense. Why the hell would I want to use sign language with my car?

Pushmi-Pullyu

“Why the hell would I want to use sign language with my car?”

So that you don’t have to fiddle with all those buttons and knobs, and so the auto maker can use a centralized computer-driven control system instead of dozens and scores of buttons and knobs each controlling only a single function.

Because gesture control is a lot easier and faster for a human that going thru multiple layers of menus on a touchscreen, and should be much more reliable than voice control; not nearly as prone to outside interference from music, noise, or other people in the car talking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfVv2mJJ1Ew

MARIUS ANDREAS

If I show my middle finger to another driver the car will know??? And if the answer will be “yes” I’m curious to see what will be the reaction?

L'amata

More VAPORWARE …lmao .But.,Just in Case…, Keep your AI…No Thanks!

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

The attraction of the old Vanogan was it was KISS.

VW you can keep your crap.

JyChevyVolt

Don’t forget about us.

Signed
VW

Pushmi-Pullyu

Loading up yet another vaporware car from Volkswagen with more bells and whistles doesn’t impress me. Nor does VW’s over a dozen claims that it’s going to put this retro car into production.

Seriously, I hope they don’t try to produce this vehicle. The VW Microbus was popular in its day, but its day was before minivans and CUVs and SUVs. I doubt it can compete in today’s market, other than as a limited production, niche vehicle for nostalgia buffs.

I’d far rather see VW put an EV into production that looks to the future, not the past!

Jason

The biggest problem with voice commands and gesture controls is currently they work with quite specific limitations. You see it all the time in demonstrations
“Car, call my Mum” didn’t work
“Car, phone my Mum” didn’t work
“Car, call contact Mum” response “Do you want to call Mike?”
We forget the specific sequence, and every device is different so it isn’t like we learn one system and now it works for all systems.
A button or touch screen is just absolutely correct every time for every user.
I watched a BMW demonstration, they waved their hands to answer or cancel the call. I can imagine an expressive talker waving their hands to make a point, the call comes through and the car interprets they want to cancel the call. How frustrating it will be, I think.