After a few hiccups on initial launch, the mightiest brains behind Volkswagen’s tech development were able to bring to life Version 3.0 of their ID-badged software. However, they didn’t simply slap a fresh coat of paint on a pig and call it good, but gave it the glow up it so justly deserves! Version 3.0 comes in a-swingin’ and packing quite the punch with a fistful of features that will have even the most skeptical critics offering up polite golf claps.
Upgrade ID. Version 3.0? Let’s dig in a little, shall we?
First and foremost, VW seemed to consider the idea of, “how can we bring the eventual singularity just that much closer?” Well, putting the best foot forward, they have implemented a positively electrifying look into the future of sound. Namely, their improved voice control performance.
Improved Voice Control? But… How?
Despite the image indicating you can cast soundwave powers directly into the dashboard air conditioner, the reality is actually much cooler! This improved voice command works by increasing the precision with which it recognizes commands. What does that mean? Well, nearly-spookily, the system can discern between the driver or front passenger speaker, and then activates features on the corresponding side!
Lane Assist – For The Rest Of Us
Next is what VW calls ‘Travel Assist with Swarm Data.’ This is designed for you habitual swervers in mind. This feature acts an advanced automated driving suite that reinforces your skill at keeping the car in the center of the lane and not in the neighbor’s petunias. More importantly, it allows for automatic lane changes when it is deemed they can be performed safely at speeds of over 56 mph on the highway.
Then we’ve got a cute upgrade to parking. ‘Park Assist Plus with Memory Function’ which, as its name suggests, can be taught certain parking maneuvers which it should then be able to reproduce on its own. It remembers parking maneuvers performed at speeds of under 25 mph and up to a distance of 50 meters. It can also automatically perform more simple parking maneuvers too.
We’ve gotta say, this definitely beats sending out a brave friend or family member to awkwardly shout directional cues at you through your lowered window as you Tokyo Drift into a spot without demolishing the mailbox in front of Hardee’s.
Heads Up, Party Down
One of the best features available on ID models is the overhauled augmented head-up display, which beats the pants off of any other vehicle on the market. With ID. Software 3.0, VW boasts a bevy of beautiful boons, like new screens that show more information than ever before. What do we mean by more? Well, how about the fact that this little bad boy now shows symbols for things like upcoming roundabouts, and it can also display the distance to a destination set in the nav display. Is this Star Trek? Because this sounds like Star Trek.
Previously – practically eons ago, the battery for the ID. units used to appear when the vehicle reached 10 percent state of charge ONLY. Pah! That has gone the way of the dinosaurs and malt shops. Battery life is now a permanent fixture, as per many, many unyielding customer requests.
But we ain’t done! The pièce de résistance in 3.0’s arsenal is an increase in the maximum charging speed. ID cars equipped with the large 77 kWh battery pack, until now, could at most charge at a maximum 125 kW. Now, though, woah baby – VW has cranked that knob all the way up to 135 kW via this over-the-air software update.
What will we see in V.4? Self-driving shopping trips? In-console hibachi grill? Green? Only time will tell, but for now – VW is rolling out the a-okay as far as I’m concerned.
For more introspection under the umbrella of good fun, check out our article on the 10 Coolest Features Of The ID.4.