Volkswagen is working on a number of new electric vehicles, including the production version of the ID Buzz. The electric bus will transform from a concept to a mass production model next year and will go on sale in the United States by the end of 2023. We’ve seen it tested on public roads and the automaker gave us a recent preview of the prototype Now, there’s another prototype that caught our attention and it’s a bit different from all previous buzz ideas.
During the ITS World Congress in Hamburg, Volkswagen demonstrated an autonomous ambulance prototype based on the commercial vehicle ID Buzz. Apparently, it lacks a driver and the front seats point to special medical equipment. Unfortunately, no further information is available, although Volkswagen has released the attached video at the top of this page which gives a beautiful view of the self-propelled ambulance.
“As designers, we are the people who think about this new living environment. To really get into someone’s head in the future and offer them different things, analyze their needs and uses and then define a car from the basic requirements. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “
Some other autonomous concepts have also been previewed with the video, including a driverless taxi for shared commuting, a delivery van and a mobile office on wheels. The German automaker emphasizes that these concepts are embedded in interiors made of mostly recyclable materials, such as industrial waste, fishing nets and others. They are used for carpet and floor mats as well as door pan and dashboard components.
The company’s commercial vehicle division is also proud of the design of the seat of this autonomous prototype. The seats on the self-propelled shuttle are equipped with animal-free material that is easy to clean and comfortable. However, VW acknowledges that the ride-sharing services currently operating in Hamburg are too small and too expensive to “reach a wide segment of the population for daily mobility”.