Volkswagon's ‘Microbus for a new era’ will take you back to the 60s

Published: January 10, 2017
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Ever wish you had the chance to sit in the iconic 1960s Volkswagen Microbus. Well, soon you might be able to.

On Monday, Volkswagen introduced the ID Buzz concept car, which looks identical to Volkswagon 1960s microbus at the Detroit Auto Show. What’s more is that the concept vehicle is electric and drives itself.

Volkswagen’s ID Buzz dubbed as the ‘Microbus for a new era’ gives us a glimpse of Volkswagen’s future plans along with a tribute to one of its most iconic vehicles. It may also help people forget about the diesel saga that hit Volkswagen a year ago as the company attempts to execute a strategic shift from diesel towards electric vehicles.

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The ID Buzz can go up to 270 miles on one charge seating up to eight people. Furthermore, you can adjust the seating to have two lounging seats along with a fully autonomous ‘ID Pilot’ driving mode, which includes the option to shift the driver’s seat 180 degrees to face the rear.

The Buzz will also include a profile system for drivers, starting from a Volkswagen User-ID, that stores user preferences such as “personal seat, air conditioning settings, favourite radio stations, songs and sound system settings, exterior sound, configuration of the navigation system, type of ambient lighting and contact information for the driver’s friends and business associates”.

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Apart from this, the car uses cameras and a display along with something called an ‘eMirror’ to replace the existing rearview mirrors in line with the cars “augmented reality head-up display” that projects information such as directions 23-49 feet ahead of the car.

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Last year, Volkswagon debuted the ID hatchback at the Paris Motor show. VW currently doesn’t have plans to make a production model of the ID Buzz, but if there’s enough interest VW has suggested they would be open to bringing it into production by 2025.

This article originally appeared on Mashable.

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