Volkswagen vintage minivan equipped with a hologram and face recognition systemJuly 3, 2019
Electric car built on the basis of Type 2 Microbus 1962
Volkswagen renamed the Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) Research Center to Innovation and Engineering Center California (IECC) and built an electric minivan based on a 1962 Type 2 Microbus vintage in honor of this event. In addition to the electric drive, the machine received a biometric identification system.
The Volkswagen Research Center in Silicon Valley has been around for over 20 years – it was founded in 1998. On the basis of the ERL, the development of key automotive technologies was carried out, including a navigation system with predictive routing and speech recognition systems. In addition, the Stanley, the first robotic car for the DARPA Grand Challenge competition, funded by the US government, was created within the former Electronics Research Laboratory.
The newly formed Innovation and Engineering Center Californi is divided into two structures: Innovation Center California will be engaged in research projects of the Volkswagen Group, Engineering Center California – connected cars, autonomous driving and parking systems, as well as “smart cockpits”.
As part of the celebration of the new center, IECC built the electric version of the Type 2 Microbus and called it the Type 20. The minivan was equipped with an electric motor with a capacity of 122 powers and 235 Nm of torque, powered by a 10-kilowatt-hour battery developed in conjunction with Porsche air suspension and experimental functions.
Type 20 was equipped with a face recognition system, a voice assistant capable of recognizing natural speech, and the holographic Looking Glass II infotainment system. In addition, some of the machine elements were designed on a computer using a generative design.
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