Volkswagen has spent a lot of time telling us about the future in recent years. Well, with the Dieselgate fiasco enveloping the company, that's probably not a bad idea either.
At Geneva it's not simply telling us about the future, but showing us too with the new I.D. Vizzion concept. The concept is the German brand's idea of what its cars could look like in ten years.
The drivetrain is electric, with a pair of motors driving all four wheels. Up front there's a 101bhp motor, while the rear wheels are driven by a 201bhp unit. Power comes from a 111kWh battery which provides a theoretical range of 413 miles.
On the outside it clearly follows on from design trends shown in the previous I.D. concepts, and inside is a technological showcase of future gadgets and systems that will find their way onto Volkswagen road cars in the coming years. In fact, the car has no traditional controls inside at all, instead a network of sensors, lasers and radars handle the driving, taking commands from the passenger's voice and gestures, as well as vehicle-to-vehicle communications to gather information about the road ahead.
Because the car is a demonstration of autonomous transportation, that leaves room for form as well as function inside. Passengers sit on one of four big chairs as opposed to conventional car seats, while thick carpet covers the floor below. Large windows and a glass roof flood the car with natural light too, intensifying the comfort and sense of space in the car. There's more tech to enhance the riding experience, such as Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality tech. It projects virtual displays in front of occupants while the car's artificial intelligence also learns about the owner and regular occupants, such as their preferred seating position and climate control settings.