Volkswagen will create an autonomous version of the commercial vehicle IDT. Buzz that will act as a robotics and delivery vehicle. The department will launch the model by 2025.
“We’re still at the concept stage, it’s not ready yet. We have to make a big leap and not just bring ID Buzz forward,” said Kirsten Intra, leader of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Automotive News Europe.
Intra says the company has not yet decided whether to have an autonomous ID. Buzz will have a steering wheel. Inside the van there will be a modified seating arrangement to make more space for passengers and their luggage.
Autonomous ID first use. The Buzz will operate as a robotic taxi starting in 2025 in Hamburg, Germany. The company plans to expand the program to 50 cities in Europe and North America by 2030. VW may partner with Uber and Lyft to operate these vehicles in the United States, but the automaker wants to create its own company to operate them in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe.
VW introduced an idea for commercial vehicle autonomous ID. Buzz in 2021. The department has developed the model with the Argo AI, a combination of sensors and cameras that allow the van to run on its own. The equipment includes a prominent leader array on the roof, six small leader units and 11 radar panels. The technology allows the prototype to detect objects more than 400 meters (1,300 feet) ahead.
Regular version of ID. Buzz will arrive in Europe after 2022. It will be powered by a single electric motor producing 201 horsepower (154 kW) and 229 pound-feet (310 Newton-meters). Battery capacity will be 82.0 kWh (77.0 kWh net). A range estimate is not yet available.
Several more variants are coming. The entrance-level will have a pure grade of 62 kWh gross (58 kWh) and five seats At the other end of the spectrum, a dual-motor version will provide all-wheel drive and possibly around 300 hp (224 kW).
The United States will have to wait until 2024 to get the ID. Rumor has it the long-wheelbase version and the three-row seating arrangement. The extra length between the axles will allow for a larger battery pack that will have 111-kWh capacity.