Volkswagen and Nvidia have announced that the production version of the I.D. Buzz concept will use Nvidia’s Artificial Intelligence technology to give it “Intelligent Co-Pilot capabilities. The announcement was made at the kick off of the Consumer Electronics Show.
“Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the car,” said Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess. “Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with Nvidia , the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future.”
The AI infusion will give the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz “Intelligent Co-Pilot” capabilities, which will include convenience and driver assistance systems based on processing sensor data from both inside and outside of the car. Thanks to deep learning, the car of the future will learn to accurately assess situations and analyze the behavior of others on the road, enabling it to make the right decisions.
The technology will also add facial recognition for unlocking the vehicle from the outside, driver alerts for bicycles, gesture recognition for user controls, natural language understanding for voice control, and gaze tracking for driver distraction alerts.
“In just a few years, every new vehicle should have AI assistants for voice, gesture and facial recognition as well as augmented reality,” said Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang. “Working with Volkswagen, we are creating a new generation of cars that are safer, more enjoyable to ride in than anything that has come before, and accessible to everyone.”
The I.D. Buzz concept will officially bring back the iconic Microbus in 2022.