CARS.COM — The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept took a bow at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, presenting a further look at the German automaker’s plans for future electric and autonomous vehicles. The second vehicle in VW’s I.D. lineup after the I.D. concept, which debuted at the Paris Motor Show in September, the I.D. Buzz is an all-electric, autonomous modernized version of the iconic Volkswagen Microbus.
Packed with features unlikely to translate to a production vehicle in the near future, the van has an interior that can change configuration based on the occupants’ desire; front seats can swivel to face the rear occupants (it’s fully autonomous, so why watch where you’re going?), and the center console can slide toward the rear and transform into a table.
Outside, the front headlights are pseudo-eyes, “closing” when the van is off to suggest it’s sleeping; when driving autonomously, the lights will also “look” at pedestrians, presumably terrifying them and getting them to move out of the way quickly. Check out the gallery for more.