September 25, 2006
Volkswagen exhibits futuristic technology in a 1964 Microbus
Palo Alto, California – Volkswagen has debuted a new concept vehicle, the “Chameleon”, which features a collection of advanced technology packaged into a 1964 Deluxe Microbus. The Chameleon was produced by Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in California.
The vehicle’s theme is “Hidden Technologies”, in line with Volkswagen’s mission to develop technologies that limit driver distraction. The 21-window canvas-roof bus is powered by an all-electric-drive engine powered by lithium polymer batteries. Surfboards mounted on the roof are lined with flexible solar panels to provide an additional energy source.
The bus contains an interactive digital instrument cluster, imbedded capacitive touch pads, digitally-enhanced sound quality, rear entertainment options, and speech-activated controls. The exterior contains new applications for keyless entry, LED lighting, wide-angle parking cameras and switchable glass. The Chameleon has already been shown in Germany to Volkswagen executives and engineers, and made its North American public debut last Friday at the Alt Wheels event in Boston, Massachusetts.