Mr. Senger, mobility the day after tomorrow – what do you think it will look like?
I think of vehicles that in many ways look very different from those that we see around us today. To be more specific, I see cars with an emissions-free range of up to 600 kilometers, making them more appealing to the mass market, cars with a lounge-type feel and lots of space inside. As well as the car, I think of a digital ecosystem in which the vehicle is fully connected, a brand-new design with very few overhangs, a new, innovative design language with compact proportions. And, of course, I think of fully automated driving.
In short, everything Volkswagen is showing with the I.D. in Paris. What is the concept based on?
The I.D. stands for a new era of electric mobility at Volkswagen. It is the first member of a whole family of fully electric and fully connected vehicles. We are targeting the mass market, which means that our focus during the design phase was well and truly on our customers’ needs. A vehicle key? No longer necessary. In the future, the user will log into the vehicle using their own Volkswagen ID. The I.D. will merge the real world with the digital world in the future, for example by adding augmented reality to the Head-Up display. This means that we can project information onto the road several meters in front of the car. The navigation arrows sit precisely at the points where the I.D. is headed, making the driving experience both comfortable and safe.