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How VW is charging forward with its e-Golf Touch and BUDD-e electric cars

Melissa Riofrio | Jan. 7, 2016
One's a near-final prototype. The other's a near-utopian concept. Both show a company with at least some of its attention focused on the future.

True to its name, BUDD-e will use its connectivity to be a helpful companion in your everyday life. Volkswagen demonstrated early-stage apps where BUDD-e could hook into your smart-home systems to coordinate when things go on or off depending upon your location and context (will you be at work for 8 hours or at the grocery store for one hour, for example). Speaking of groceries, it could hook into your smart refrigerator and remind you to pick up more beer while you’re out.

Volkswagen has a long haul out of its diesel mess, and these car innovations don’t change that. What they do show is that Volkswagen has some ways forward, and that’s a much-needed positive for the bruised company.


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