ID.3 and ID.4 are the first Volkswagen models to be equipped with the new ID. Light as standard. The ID. Light lighting strip consists of 54 multi-coloured LEDs and is positioned along the underside of the windscreen. It is therefore only visible in the driver's peripheral field of vision or at certain angles from the outside. Best of all, thanks to different colours and patterns, the ID. Light shows signals that the driver and front passenger pick up intuitively so that they can concentrate even better on the road and traffic.
“We wanted a new type of communication between vehicle and human,” says Mathias Kuhn, Head of User Interface Design at Volkswagen. “It was important to create a minimalistic but special form of interaction that is both easy to understand and emotional.” This interaction between man and “machine” begins as soon as the driver sits down in the ID.3 or ID.4.
- A “welcome” animation in white and blue lights up to let the user know that the vehicle is ready for use. This is a useful hint because, unlike vehicles with combustion engines, electric vehicles do not emit any engine noises.
An inversion of these colours is displayed when the driver leaves the vehicle again.
- If the on-board navigation system is active while driving, the ID. Light shows the next directions with an animated blue line – for example, flowing left for left turns.
- Depending on whether the driver or front passenger activates the voice control in the vehicle, the ID. Light answers in white in front of the respective vehicle occupant.
- Incoming telephone calls are announced with a soft green flash in the central area.
- In the event of an emergency stop, on the other hand, the ID. Light flashes bright red.
- This function is particularly useful during the charging process too: when the ID.3 or ID.4 is connected to a charging station, the ID. Light pulses with a green status bar and gives its owner a clear view of the battery's state of charge, even from a distance and from the outside.