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How the new ID. models
communicate with the vehicle occupants
via a light strip

04/08/21
Hello ID. Light! – How the new ID. models communicate with the vehicle occupants via a light strip

Digital assistants are increasingly taking over our everyday lives. They are the little helpers that play us our favourite songs on demand, tell us the weather or control the heating and lights in our homes. They often show whether they are receiving or communicating directly with us by means of a coloured light ring. This feature has also arrived in the latest generation of electric vehicles, the ID. family, in a very similar form – as ID. Light. This is a narrow light strip under the windscreen designed to intuitively assist the vehicle occupants. The ID. Light uses different light pulses to signal whether the car is ready to drive, which direction – according to the navigation system – it should turn next or whether the battery is currently being charged.

Hello ID. Light! – How the new ID. models communicate with the vehicle occupants via a light strip
We wanted a new type of communication between vehicle and human.
Mathias Kuhn
Head of User Interface Design at Volkswagen
We wanted to develop an assistant, a companion in the vehicle, that presents all the necessary information at exactly the right time in such a way that it can be intuitively understood by the driver.
Sascha Ziebart
Project Manager at Volkswagen
Hello ID. Light! – How the new ID. models communicate with the vehicle occupants via a light strip