A few days before the launch of CES, news came out suggesting that Volkswagen intends to present a conceptual car that is the spiritual heir of the cult VW Transporter T2. The German company has indeed shown in Las Vegas its latest project, which has made a great impression on automotive enthusiasts: BUDD-e, which is packed with the latest technologies.
The concept vehicle is based on the MEB platform (modular electrical platform), which the German company plans to use in future models of electric vehicles. This solution has many advantages, as not only will it help you design your car, but also through the proper placement of components will significantly reduce the amount of space occupied by the batteries, as they are currently in the floor of the car. Combined with a more compact drive, this increases the amount of free space in the cab.
The Volkswagen BUDD-e is equipped with a battery pack that, according to the manufacturer, allows one 600 km to be loaded on a single charge. What’s more, the batteries will also charge very fast, the manufacturer assures that it only takes 15 minutes to fill them in 80 percent. It is not as clear as the gasoline tank, of course, but it will significantly increase the attractiveness of the vehicle, prompting the buyer to discourage a multi-hour charge.
The interior of BUDD-e is exceptionally modern. The cockpit is called the Active Info Display and consists of a large display, divided into three sections: Drive, Control and Consume, which presents all information related to the vehicle. Drive presents information from the navigation system, Control in turn provides information related to the car, such as the level of energy in the battery, while Consume is multimedia support, ie the presentation of weather forecasts, movies, Internet access,
In addition, it can connect to tablets, smartphones and other devices in the Internet family of Things. The screen is obviously touch-sensitive and functions are controlled by gestures or voice commands. In principle, the steering is only done in this way, since there will not be any physical buttons or knobs in the cabin, since they will all be replaced by touch panels with haptic feedback technology.
VW engineers ensure that the driver, as well as the passenger, will be able to control the individual components of their smart homes from the deck of the car. It will be possible to open the front door remotely to let a housewife or cleaner clean it up, as well as look inside the refrigerator with a built-in camera to see if it ends up eating.