Volkswagen will develop hybrids and autopilot systemsMay 17, 2019
At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Volkswagen presented a number of promising developments that will find their use in serial products in the near future. Among them – a 48-volt soft hybrid drive (mHEV), combined with a 1.5 TSI turbo engine, as well as third and fourth level autopilot.
The hybrid mHEV add-on consists of a starter-generator (BSG) powered by a 48-volt on-board electrical grid. It helps the TSI engine during start-up, in the first seconds of acceleration, and also allows you to implement the functions of start-stop and eco-coastin (turns off the engine at speed, thereby saving fuel).
In addition, BSG recovers the braking energy and stores it in the battery located under the front seats. The total fuel economy of such a power plant can reach 0.4 liters per 100 kilometers. The new Volkswagen Golf is expected to be the first to receive it.
Volkswagen, among other things, announced preparations for the transition to autopilots of the third and fourth levels, but did not provide any details about them. Now the models of the company are equipped with assistants of the second level of autonomy, which are united under the general name IQ.DRIVE. The complex includes adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance and containment systems in the lane, as well as a parking assistant.
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