VW’s Autonomous ‘Lounge’ Concept Unveiled in China

VW’s Autonomous ‘Lounge’ Concept Unveiled in China

A ‘self-driving’ zero emission lounge-on-wheels has been unveiled by Volkswagen ahead of the Auto Shanghai show in China.

The newest member of VW’s ID. Family, the ID. ROOMZZ claims to be an all-rounder full-size SUV targeting family and business consumers. A production version is expected to be launched on the Chinese market in 2021. The concept claims to be able to reach Level 4 autonomy in slow city speed traffic with in ID. Pilot mode and passengers are provided information through interactive light zones.

Its lounge-like cabin features numerous seating configurations that can be adapted to passengers’ personal wishes and also to the respective driving mode. When the driver switches to fully automatic driving mode, the individual seats can be rotated inward by 25-degrees to create a lounge ambience on board. In full ID. Pilot Relax mode, each passenger can adjust seats individually to suit their needs including from upright to reclined.

Naturally, it’s a BEV with a 82-kWh battery claiming a range of about 280 miles and can be recharged up to 80% full capacity through a 150 kW fast charger in under an hour. Two electric motors drive both axles providing all-wheel drive with a system output of 306 PS and the vehicle claims a 0-62mph sprint time of 6.6 seconds on the way to a regulated top speed of 110mph.

Klaus Bischoff, VW chief designer, said: “This SUV is a monolith, appearing to be seamlessly machined from one solid block. The battery powered ID. ROOMZZ moves effortlessly – silently and without emissions.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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