Hanover - With the I.D. Buzz Cargo concept, Volkswagen is showing an obvious commercial vehicle application of its upcoming electric vehicle architecture, and it’s got some smart toys onboard.
The I.D. Buzz people mover, with ultra-cool retro styling inspired by the Type 1 Kombi of the '60s, is set to go on sale globally from 2022, but the panel van version, previewed by this concept, could see light of day as early as 2021.
“With the world premiere of the new I.D. Buzz Cargo, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is showing how an electrically powered and completely redeveloped Transporter might change the world of LCVs,” the commercial division said at its IAA Hanover Show unveiling.
Far more than just a load-hauler, however, the concept packs full Level 4 autonomous driving capability, although this technology is not set to hit the market until at least 2025.
What could be closer to reality though, is its “internet of things” smart shelving system with sensors that can actually keep track of cargo. Using the vehicle’s onboard WiFi and a mobile radio network, the control unit can communicate with a company’s job or order-management system, enabling precise online management of the type and quantity of freight and equipment.