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VW introduces 3.0 electric vehicle program

In the future, Volkswagen also wants to be at the forefront of the digital world. Efforts are focused on the electric vehicle’s family identifier. whose first member ID.3 struggled with major software problems when it was launched about a year and a half ago. After many improvements, software generation 3.0 is now available for all four ID series worldwide. Volkswagen has now published details about it.

New car buyers can now take advantage of the new program. For owners of vehicles already delivered, VW plans to make the latest software improvements freely available over the network via “over-the-air” updates from the second quarter. The new identifier. Software 3.0 is an upgrade of our entire ID. Family: We raise our products to a new level of functionality because we operate faster, more connected and more customer-oriented,” explains Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Brand’s Board of Directors for Tech Development. “Here once again, we live up to our claim to deliver high-quality technologies and innovations across categories.”

Smarter driver assistance systems

The new software offers smarter driver assistance systems: the optional “Swarm Data Travel Assistance” Keeps the vehicle active in the middle of the lane. It adapts to your driving style and can drive more to the left or further to the right in its own lane rather than being exactly in the middle. It can also maintain the distance from the vehicle in front of you and the set maximum speed. The system features predictive cruise control and cornering assist. The vehicle’s speed can be adjusted according to the applicable speed limits and the path of the road.

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With two radars in the rear and ultrasound, “Travel Assist with Squadron Data” can monitor surrounding traffic and, if desired, can also provide active support when changing lanes on the highway from 90 km / h. If activated, the lane change can be initiated and carried out by flashing. The prerequisite is that the sensors did not detect any objects in the vicinity and the capacitive steering wheel could detect the driver’s hands. Then the car automatically steers itself into the desired lane.

If anonymous swarm data is available from other VWs, the new “Travel Assist” can also provide roadside support with only single lane marking. The vehicle only guides itself at a recognized lane boundary to stay in the lane, eg on country roads without lane markings in the middle.

Overview of Innovations in Software Creation 3.0 (Click to Enlarge)

smart assistant “Park Assist Plus” It can search for a parking space (up to 40 km/h for suitable parallel parking and up to 20 km/h for vertical parking) and perform the appropriate parking maneuver. If desired, it stops itself using environmental sensors and controls the vehicle, including steering, acceleration, braking and shifting. Park Assist Plus can also support parking maneuvers already started by completing the process. It can also pull out from parallel parking spaces.

Another innovation of ID models is optional “Park Assist Plus with Memory Function”. With this driver assistance system, the vehicle can be taught up to five individual parking maneuvers. The memory function remembers parking maneuvers of less than 40 km / h with a distance of up to 50 metres. For example, standing in a garage or garage. The driver must stop himself once and save the parking process. The vehicle can then independently repeat the learned parking maneuver.

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at Display and infotainment screens It brings identity. Software 3.0 is also an innovation. The optional “Augmented Reality Display”, which displays information directly in the field of view of the windshield, has been expanded to include additional displays in the long-distance range: in addition to displaying the optional “Travel Assist” lane change function, it also displays new icons such as roundabouts and distance information to destination. In addition to the remaining distance to the destination, the charging status is also displayed as a percentage next to the corresponding filled battery icon.

Even with a choice Mobility The revised software leads to improvements: it now locates the vehicle within system boundaries with lane accuracy, so it can recommend timely lane changes at highway intersections and exits. The corresponding note on the recommendation to change lanes also appears in “ID. Light” – a strip of light under the windshield. New features have been added and now displays local danger alerts. This service is based on Volkswagen’s “Car2X” technology: cars are connected directly and locally to each other via the radio. This enables them to learn about critical traffic situations in real time, such as breakdowns or emergency vehicles.

The Optimized voice control According to VW, it now recognizes voice commands faster and more accurately. The improved recognition quality of voice control has now reached about 95 percent. In addition, the system uses its digital microphones to recognize whether the driver or front passenger is speaking and carrying out instructions – for example in the case of dual-zone air conditioning. Voice control understands free phrasing, questions and slang phrases, asks questions if necessary and is interrupted. The answers come in two ways – online from the cloud and offline from the information stored in the car.

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Download faster and more convenient

Electric vehicles powered by a large 77 kWh battery can be equipped with ID. Program 3.0 can now be loaded onto a similarly powerful DC shaft with a capacity of up to 135 instead of just 125 kW of power. Improvements in battery thermal management make driving more efficient and can increase range, especially in cold weather. Customers who want to conserve their battery can activate the new Battery Care Mode: it limits the charge level to 80 percent.

According to VW, the loading menu, which now appears on the first level of the large touch screen of ID models, is more informative and has a clearer structure. The online route calculation in the navigation system creates a multi-stop route plan for long distances, allowing the vehicle to reach its destination as quickly as possible. It includes traffic and route data as well as the required freight level at the destination and intermediate destination. Charging stops are dynamically evaluated and depend on column performance.