It could eventually become common for cars to not have steering wheels but that depends on how quickly self-driving technology advances and how quickly all of the legal and regulatory hurdles are taken care of. Some major car manufacturers have already started creating concepts of cars that are fully autonomous and without steering wheels. Today, Volkswagen has revealed one such concept of its own.
The company calls it the I.D. Vizzion and it’s part of VW’s I.D. lineup of futuristic concepts. The I.D. Vizzion will be properly revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
As far as the design is concerned, it looks like a sleek, low sedan that doesn’t have any pedals or steering wheel. It has been created as a fully autonomous car which eliminates the need for the steering wheel and pedals.
The I.D. Vizzion will have a “digital chauffeur” with its many assistance systems to take control of the car without any visible controls. VW has even dreamt up a virtual host which passengers can communicate with using voice and gesture control. The host will learn the personal preferences of the people in the car and adapt to each of them individually.
VW says that the I.D. Vizzion has a top speed of 180 km/h with its 111 kWh lithium-ion batteries providing a range of up to 665 kilometers with regenerative braking enabled.
I’m sure some of you might have questions about the I.D. Vizzion and the press release doesn’t really answer them all. The company will reveal more information about this concept car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and may end up answering some of those questions.