Coming soon, chatty cars
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.Volkwagen2028.com — 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.