The Volkswagen company was renamed research center Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in Innovation and Engineering Center California (IECC) and in honor of this event built electric van on the basis of the vintage Type 2 Microbus 1962. In addition to the electric drive, the car has received system of biometric identification.
Research center for Volkswagen in Silicon valley there are more than 20 years – it was founded in 1998. On the basis of ERL conducted the development of key automotive technologies, including a navigation system with predictive routing and speech recognition. In addition, the walls of the former Electronics Research Laboratory was created by Stanley, the first robotic car competition of the DARPA Grand Challenge, funded by the US government.
Newly formed Innovation and Engineering Center Californi divided into two entities: California Innovation Center will be engaged in research projects of the Volkswagen Group, Engineering Center California – connected cars, Autonomous driving and Parking, as well as “smart cockpits”.
In celebration of the founding of new centre staff IECC has built an electric version of the Type 2 Microbus and called it the Type 20. The van was equipped with a motor capacity of 122 power and 235 Nm of torque, powered by a battery with a capacity of 10 kilowatt-hours, co-developed with Porsche suspension and experimental features.
Type 20 was equipped with a facial recognition system, a voice assistant that can recognize natural speech, and holographic infotainment system the Looking Glass II. In addition, part of elements of the machine are designed on the computer using generative design.