Com­ing soon, chatty cars

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Paul Gover -

AFEW years ago I drove a car in Mu­nich that could talk to other cars. They could ad­vise one an­other of all sorts of threats, from rain to ice to a traf­fic jam or a crash.

They’d do it with­out the driver, link­ing in­for­ma­tion from a variety of sources, in­clud­ing wipers, head­lamps and sta­bil­ity con­trol.

BMW proved it could work but ad­mit­ted gov­ern­ments would have to sup­ply the in­fra­struc­ture.

Now Volk­swa­gen is go­ing down the same road with an ‘‘ac­tive’’ trans­port sys­tem.

It hopes cars will even­tu­ally com­mu­ni­cate with traf­fic lights to en­sure stop-free trips.

It is also look­ing to en­sure that driv­ing will still be fun in 2020.

It has even cre­ated vir­tual car con­cepts and a web­site — www.Volk­wa­ — to let peo­ple see what it is think­ing.

The heart of the web­site is a short film in which a fa­ther in 2028 is telling his son about the car world of 20 years ago.

The site’s ve­hi­cles take three very dif­fer­ent peeks into 2028.

‘‘We have called them One, Ego and Room. They demon­strate how cars will com­mu­ni­cate with traf­fic lights, how holographic dis­plays in the cock­pit can as­sist the driver and how we can gen­er­ate even more driv­ing plea­sure and be emis­sion-free,’’ Volk­swa­gen Ger­many mar­ket­ing boss Jochen Seng­piehl says.

Look into the fu­ture: (clock­wise from left) a VW web­site fea­tures three fu­ture ve­hi­cles dubbed Room, One and Ego.

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