Thursday, October 06, 2005

Volkswagen Group to Display Advanced Technologies at the 2005 Intelligent Trasnportation Systems World Congress

Text from Volkswagen of America.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. will present advanced communication, safety, alternative fuel, and mobility systems during the 2005 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress in San Francisco from November 6 – 10, at the Moscone Center.

The Volkswagen Group will display new and conceptual automotive technologies during the conference. Volkswagens display highlights its advances in four main areas: communication, challenge, performance and mobility.

Volkswagen will demonstrate its advances in communication with a glimpse into vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, hydrogen fuel cell technology, and advanced vehicle electronics.

Stanley, a robotic ground vehicle built from a Volkswagen Touareg, will represent Volkswagen’s ability to meet modern challenges. Stanley is a cooperative project between the Volkswagen Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) and Stanford University and is one of 20 finalists in the DARPA Grand Challenge. The technological marvels of this autonomously driven vehicle coupled with advanced 3-D navigation systems highlight the future of driving.

The Audi allroad Quattro concept represents performance with its advanced radar detection system and rugged all-wheel drive system that vehicles can perform on all paths of travel.

A portable device integration concept will demonstrate advancements in mobility. Such devices include MP3 players, smart phones and gaming systems. The Mobility theme also includes concepts and demonstrations of advanced interfaces.

Top researchers and engineers from the Volkswagen Group – including those based locally at the ERL in Silicon Valley – will be available to discuss the displays with visitors. The outdoor IMS exhibition will allow visitors to drive fun and advanced vehicles from Volkswagen and Audi.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen of America and its affiliates employ approximately 3,000 people in the United States and are responsible for the sale and service of Audi, Bentley, and Volkswagen products through retail networks comprising in total more than 900 independent U.S. dealers.

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