Volkswagen op de CES : de geconnecteerde wereld betreedt een nieuwe dimensie

Volkswagen op de CES : de geconnecteerde wereld betreedt een nieuwe dimensie

Donderdag 5 januari 2017 —  

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Volkswagen stelt op de Consumer Electronics Show van Las Vegas de Volkswagen User-ID voor. Een identificator die u toelaat uw profiel op een digitaal platform te configureren, ongeacht het Volkswagen-model dat u gebruikt. Parallel daarmee presenteert Volkswagen de Digital Cockpit (3D) : een revolutionaire toepassing die in staat is de bewegingen van uw ogen te volgen en die een head-up display met toegevoegde realiteit omvat. Het 100% elektrische I.D. concept gaat in 2020 in productie en zal zelfstandig rijden vanaf 2025 aanbieden.

 

 


CES Las Vegas / January 2017 

"We are always on"


Experiencing your personal digital world in a vehicle is made possible at CES In the future, your own profile and preferences will always be with you – regardless of which Volkswagen model you're driving Volkswagen presents the next milestone in ease of use Visionary I.D. electric car being shown for first time in the USA Volkswagen's show highlights at a glance


>> Connected Community. Even today almost all Volkswagen models have App Connect. Regardless of which smart phone customers use, practically any device can be integrated via Mirrorlink, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. At CES, the company is showing that ecosystems from suppliers such as Amazon go together perfectly with the Volkswagen ecosystem. Person, car and surroundings are connected with one another via the Volkswagen User-ID. Using this ID, drivers will in the future be able to take their personal digital settings and services with them wherever they go – regardless of which Volkswagen or provider they originate from. This creates a totally new user experience.


In terms of integrating Amazon Alexa, for instance, Volkswagen goes one step further, seamlessly connecting the voice
assistant with Volkswagen Car-Net services. At CES, the company is making it possible to fully experience how you can communicate with Alexa from your car.


Intuitive Usability. Volkswagen is putting its focus on vehicles with intuitive controls. 'Interactive Experience' systematically builds on the control concepts of the Golf R Touch and BUDD-e. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit (3D) is, for instance, celebrating its premiere. The Eyetracking function gives a preview of how the operation of vehicle features can be made even quicker and easier in combination with touch and gesture control. Finally, with the AR Head-up Display the real and virtual worlds merge into one.


Smart Sustainability and Automated Driving. The visionary I.D. combines the digitally connected world with an electrically powered car that has innovative controls and, when desired, can drive in fully automated mode. Volkswagen is presenting to the American public for the first time a prototype of this first compact model to be based on the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). 


Wolfsburg / Las Vegas, January 2017.

Under the slogan 'Weare always on.', Volkswagen is enabling visitors to CES 2017 to experience its vision of the mobility of tomorrow: moving away from the classic customer/car relationship towards a new mobile community in the era of digitalization – intelligently connected and sustainably mobile.

Visitors to the show can experience this community live in three theme zones: in the 'Connected Community' the focus is on the interconnected user with his or her personal digital preferences. Using their Volkswagen User-ID, they are able to configure settings easily and take them with them wherever they go. No matter in which vehicle they are sitting, they
always have their favorite music, screen configuration and correct seat position with them.

'Intuitive Usability' provides a preview of future control concepts – from a three-dimensional instrument cluster and an
Eyetracking function all the way to an AR Head-up Display. In the 'Smart Sustainability' zone, Volkswagen uses the I.D.
show car to demonstrate zero-emission and autonomous driving in combination with a totally new design style. The I.D.
brings together the four Volkswagen fields of innovation: Connected Community, Intuitive Usability, Smart Sustainability
and Automated Driving.

Yesterday's future is already being reflected in production vehicles today. Volkswagen is known for opening up the use of new technologies to mainstream market very quickly. CES 2017 offers exclusive and extremely exciting insights into
Volkswagen's ongoing development efforts.

Connected Community

The Volkswagen User-ID – your personal digital center At CES, Volkswagen is presenting a range of connectivity
features systematically geared to the user's digital needs. Supporting future sustainable mobility concepts, it sets aside
the conventional fixed link to a single vehicle, without losing out at all on individuality – quite the opposite.

Volkswagen CES App. It is the key to a unique CES experience: using the app (for iOS and Android), visitors create their own profile – i.e. a Volkswagen User-ID set up for the show with new, innovative functions that are assigned to the user. At the individual user stations, show visitors can also configure
personal settings for their personal ID quickly and easily. An array of different functions, such as selecting a favorite
ambient light setting, can be performed directly within the app itself. All settings can be stored online and thus taken
everywhere with them by the visitors, independent of any specific vehicle. In the Connected Car visitors can try out their personal configuration live.

Home screen. In 2016, Volkswagen introduced the central infotainment display with configurable home screen in the new Golf. In addition to the navigation view, it is possible for content and function-related tiles, such as 'Media', 'Phone' and 'Images', to be individually configured on the high-resolution 9.2-inch screen with its sophisticated glass surface. New at CES: the home screen is no longer linked to the vehicle, but to the individual via their ID. Using their Volkswagen User-ID, visitors sign onto the standard displays that have been set up and configure the screen content according to their wishes. Their settings are associated with their ID and can also be accessed in the Connected Car.

Features on Demand. A predefined feature set per vehicle?
Those days will soon be over. In our everyday digital world we
are accustomed to there being an app for practically everything
we need available to us within seconds. Why not in the car as
well? 'Features on Demand' facilitates the retrospective
enabling of infotainment functions. Within the app or at the
relevant user station at CES, visitors can pick favorites for their
personal ID in a virtual Volkswagen store from services such as
Digital Voice Enhancement, In Car Communication, Car-Net and
Ready for Nav. At CES, the ‘Test’ option is available for
selection. Later on, scenarios such as Test, Rent and Buy will be
offered.

Digital Key. Unveiled at CES 2015, this function, which lets you
use your smart phone as your key, is now a standard feature in
the USA. Up until now, however, it has been tied to a specific
vehicle and only covers remote opening and closing functions.
At this year's show, the Digital Key is being shown with a whole
array of technical possibilities: all visitors need to do is hold
their smart phone containing their Volkswagen User-ID up
against the Connected Car's door handle and the doors are
immediately unlocked. Access rights can also be managed –
and shared – for multiple vehicles. If, for instance, my partner
or children want to get something from the car, I as the owner
can give them unlocking rights for a certain length of time. It is
also possible to imagine using the Digital Key to temporarily
grant someone I know access to the car trunk so that they can
put something in there or take something out for me.

Partner Services. Your favorite television series or audio book
for the journey: streaming services enable you to take them
with you into your vehicle and enjoy them from there. Here too
it's the Volkswagen User-ID that makes this possible. CES
visitors can link to the partner services by app or via the portal
at the user station. Want to try them out? The Connected Car is
specially equipped for video streaming presentations with two
tablets mounted on the backs of the front seats. Once the
content concerned has been transferred to the vehicle, control
is via the central infotainment display.

Home-Net. At CES Volkswagen is not only connecting driver
and car in unprecedented fashion, but on top of that is
integrating the home as well. Visitors are, for instance, able to
try out the apps Doorbird, 'LG' and Volkswagen My Rules.
Doorbird alerts the driver on the central infotainment display
whenever anyone is at the front door of their home ringing the
video door bell. 'LG' enables such functions as switching the
lights at home on or off remotely. The technology helps the
forgetful as well: a message appears via the advanced
Volkswagen My Rules app whenever you leave something
important behind at home. A trigger or connecting a phone
causes the app initiate a search for all linked Bluetooth tags.
And what's really great is that Volkswagen is launching these
MirrorLink-based apps in Europe before the end of the year. In
North America, Doorbird is already available.

Amazon Alexa. What would a connected community be
without a common language? Volkswagen is demonstrating a
perfect combination of the external digital world and its own
connectivity features. For instance, the company is making it
possible for people fully experience how they can
communicate with the virtual assistant Amazon Alexa from
inside the vehicle. Via the hands-free system in their car, users can contact the
Alexa Voice Service of their Amazon Echo system at home or in
their office. This means that users can operate all of the
functions, like control of lights and heating or access to
weather information and news, from their car in a very easy
and convenient way. Users can also ask Alexa to perform
functions such as to resume the audio book begun at home.
Alexa considers herself being spoken to whenever she hears
her name. Volkswagen is additionally combining the Alexa Voice Service
with functions from Car-Net. This will make it even easier in the
future for users to schedule appointments or plan errands and
always stay connected and up-to-date in their vehicles even
more conveniently. This in turn makes it possible to control Car-
Net functions from home or the office: if, for example, you
intend to quickly buy some flowers while out in your car later
on, you can program your navigation device with the following
voice command: "Alexa, ask Volkswagen the way to the nearest
flower shop." You can also find out if you can get there without
having to stop for fuel: "Alexa, ask Volkswagen how much fuel
is left in the tank."

Visitors at the show will have the unique opportunity to try out
Alexa's integration in all its forms. Volkswagen is setting up a
living room especially for this purpose.

The Connected Car

In the Connected Car, visitors to CES can integrate their
personal digital world into the vehicle. What they experience is
a systematic continuation of the eGolf Touch, which
Volkswagen presented at last year's show. In addition to the
integration of functions via the Volkswagen User-ID, another
very notable feature is its new, intelligent voice-controlled
navigation. This system's natural, free voice control represents
a milestone in user interaction.
 The voice control works using natural speech ("I want to
fill up", "I'm hungry").
 It can be activated using any keyword selected from a list.
 The activation word can come anywhere in the
sentence ("Volkswagen, I want to go to Phoenix" or "I
want to go to Phoenix, Volkswagen").
 If asked to do so, the system can explain the reasons for
the route it proposes ("Volkswagen, why are you
suggesting that filling station?" – "That filling station is
located directly on the route").

 The POI search function can be linked with the driver's
own Facebook account – the navigation system then
takes any favorites saved on Facebook into account in
its route planning.

Through artificial intelligence, the system becomes
increasingly familiar with a user and his or her
preferences over time and utilizes this knowledge for
personalized route suggestions.
Standard apps

The fact that the technologies Volkswagen is showing at CES
are not just future visions is proven out by a look at the current
Car-Net offering: at the 'Wall of Apps' visitors can learn about
the range of standard apps already available today.

Car-Net App: Conveniently manage the remote
functions of the 'Security & Service' pack using your
smart phone. Originally used exclusively in electric
models, the Car-Net App is also available in an
increasing number of models with internal combustion
engines – even now nearly all Volkswagens are 'always
on'.

App Connect: This enables practically all smart phones
(Android 5.0 or Apple iOS 8.1 and above) to be fully
integrated into the vehicle by Apple CarPlay, Android
Auto or MirrorLink, and so their use is totally legally
while driving.

Media Control: Using Media Control, users are, for
example, able to enter the navigation route into the
infotainment system or update the playlist very easily
via smart phone or tablet. Video streaming is now also
integrated.

Intuitive Usability
The rapid progress of digitalization is changing user behavior
and with it the requirements for instruments, displays and
controls. However, even in the digital age Volkswagen's aim
remains the same: user operation must be simple and the
ergonomics perfect. To this end, the communication channels
between person and car are continually being optimized.
Volkswagen Digital Cockpit (3D). 'Interactive Experience'
shows the next stage in the development of the Volkswagen
Digital Cockpit (3D). Two screens set one behind the other
create a 3D feel with a fascinating impression of depth. The
three-dimensional presentation combined with excellent image
quality makes learning to use the display even easier and
quicker for the user.

Eyetracking. Add to this a function that recognizes which way
the driver is looking and the user-friendliness is further
increased significantly. The technology makes it possible for
information not to have to be shown constantly on the display.
Graphical animations are intentionally shown only when the
driver looks at the screen. At the same time, users reach the
control they want faster, as there are no longer any
intermediate steps in the menu. A nice side-effect: fewer
controls on the steering wheel.

AR Head-up Display. Another highlight is the AR Head-up
Display. It projects information graphics in virtual form out
ahead of the vehicle. This technology has the advantage that it
is less tiring on the driver's eyes than displays inside the
vehicle. In terms of function and feel Volkswagen goes way
beyond what other manufacturers have presented to date. That
is because the AR Head-up Display shows information on two
levels.

Level 1: Data of relevance to the route or the distance
to the vehicle ahead appears on the road several
meters ahead of the vehicle. As a result of the natural
positioning on the road itself, the display fits
seamlessly into the surroundings, the driver registers
what is being shown more easily and understands it at
once – driver distraction is significantly reduced.

Level 2: All other data, such as infotainment indicators,
are presented by the AR Head-up Display closer to the
windshield. Here drivers are able to access any
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personally relevant information without having to take
their eyes off the road.

Central infotainment display and multifunction steering
wheel. Here Volkswagen is systematically building on the
control concepts of the Golf R Touch (CES 2015) and BUDD-e
(CES 2016). Regardless of the fact that gesture control is now a
standard feature in the new Golf, Volkswagen continues to
fine-tune the touch slider control function. The Interactive
Experience system's central infotainment display thus has
multi-finger recognition. It lets users adjust the air conditioning
system or audio volume via a menu, for example. Tactile
feedback and the way that functions and interactions are
illuminated help users to find their way around without having
to take their eyes off the road. The same principle is used on
the multi-function steering wheel's control pods and here too
improves the ease of use.

Smart Sustainability and Automated Driving
I.D. – the vehicle concept of a new age
The visionary I.D. combines the digitally connected world with
an electrically powered car that, when desired, can drive fully
autonomously. The concept car celebrated its world premiere
last year at the Paris Motor Show. At CES Volkswagen is
presenting it for the first time to the American public. The
production version of the I.D. is planned to launch as early as
2020 and then also to be ready for fully autonomous driving
starting in 2025.

Electric drive. The first compact Volkswagen to be based on
the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), the I.D., is powered by a
125 kW / 170 PS electric motor. Its maximum range of up to
600 kilometers and a target price on a par with a Golf with an
engine of comparable power make the matter of 'zero
emissions' something that can be taken in stride.
Design. At the same time the I.D. presents a totally new design
style. In the interior, for instance, Volkswagen has realized an
open-space concept: somewhat shorter than a Golf, it offers
the spaciousness of a Passat. This was made possible by the
new drive concept architecture with an electric motor on the
rear axle and a high-voltage battery in the vehicle floor, which
enables a long wheelbase with short overhangs and thus more
space and flexibility. At the same time, the I.D. already takes us
ahead to the year 2025: in 'I.D. Pilot' mode the I.D. is the first
Volkswagen concept car to offer fully autonomous driving. 'I.D.
Pilot' is activated by touching the VW logo on the steering
wheel, which then disappears into the instrument panel and
gives the driver an entirely new feeling of space.
From every perspective the exterior looks highly engaging.
Everything is very clear. Sturdy volumes, maximum precision, a
charismatic front end, iconic C-pillars, flowing, sculpted
surfaces and expressive wheels define Volkswagen electric
mobility.

Connectivity and control. A lot of what Volkswagen is showing
at this year's CES will be found again in the I.D. Drivers will
open and turn on the I.D. using their smart phone as a Digital
Key. Their personal seat and air-conditioning settings, favorite
radio stations and media playlists, sound system settings,
contact details of friends and business partners and the
configuration of their navigation systems will be stored in their
personal Volkswagen User-ID. Also on board: the AR Head-up
Display and Eyetracking.


In this way, the I.D. combines the themes of the Connected
Community, Intuitive Usability and Smart Sustainability – and
supplements them with autonomous driving. Bring on the
future!

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