Volkswagen shows the ID.Buzz as an autonomous ambulance

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Volkswagen is working flat out on several new electric vehicles, including the production version of the ID.Buzz. The electric Bulli will develop from a concept to a series model in the next year and should come onto the market in Germany in 2022.

We've already seen it during test drives on public roads, and the automaker recently showed how the ID. Buzz autonomous from 2025 should drive. Now another prototype has surfaced that caught our attention and that is a little different from all previous Buzz concepts.

During the ITS World Congress in Hamburg, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented an autonomous ambulance prototype based on the ID.Buzz. Apparently a driver is missing and the front seats are facing back towards the special medical equipment. Unfortunately, no more information is available, but Volkswagen has released a video attached to the top of this page showing a nice visualization of the self-driving ambulance.

Picture gallery: VW ID.Buzz as an autonomous ambulance

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"As designers, we are the people who come up with these new living environments. To really put ourselves in the minds of the people of the future and to offer them different things, to analyze their needs and different applications and then to define a vehicle from the basic requirements what the design of the future has to do, "said Albert Kirzinger, Head of Design at VW Commercial Vehicles, at the event.

The video also introduces a few other autonomous concepts, including a driverless taxi for shared mobility, a delivery van, and a type of mobile office on wheels. The German automaker emphasizes that these concepts are equipped with interiors that are largely made from recycled materials such as industrial waste, fishing nets and others. These are used for the carpets and floor mats as well as for door windows and parts of the dashboard.

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The company's commercial vehicle division is also proud of the seat design in these autonomous prototypes. The seats in the self-propelled shuttles are padded with animal-free material that is easy to clean and comfortable. However, VW admits that the ridesharing services it currently operates in Hamburg are too small and too expensive to "reach really broad sections of the population for daily mobility."

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