At CeBIT in Hanover, Germany, Volkswagen Group premiered “James 2025,” a prototype showing what the inside of an entirely automated vehicle could look like.
In the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron, chairman of Volkswagen Group, Martin Winterkorn said, “Our cars are already mobile computer centers, with 1.5 km of cables, more than 50 control units and the computing power of 20 highly advanced PCs.”
Volkswagen Group has unveiled the James 2025 virtual cockpit concept at CeBIT, demonstrating piloted driving of the future.
James 2025 is a virtual cockpit where drivers can sit back and hand over some of the controls of their cars by pressing a few buttons on the panel. As soon as the automatic driving mode is activated, the steering wheel, seating position and the light coding changes and a large central screen gives the driver details of any planned manoeuvers. Second screen on the center console that has a touch pad serving as an infotainment system.
Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen Group chairman of the board of management, expects the IT and motor industries to come closer together and for manufacturers to collect data about their drivers.
On the intro’s of ‘James 2025’, Winterkorn said, “We already protect our customers against a wide variety of risks such as aquaplaning, micro-sleep and long, time-consuming congestion. With the same attention to our responsibilities, we intend to protect our customers against the abuse of their data. I clearly say yes to Big Data, yes to greater security and convenience, but no to paternalism and Big Brother.”