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VW ID.7: Fanned climate control and illuminated touch slider

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At CES 2023, Volkswagen is showing the previously known as the ID. Aero in China will present the all-electric ID.7 sedan to the public ahead of the world premiere in the second quarter of 2023. Externally, however, the model is not yet fully revealed, but is camouflaged by electroluminescence with light effects.

ID.7 based on the MEB with a range of 700 km

Like the previous vehicles, the next model in the ID. family is based on the company’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) with a wheelbase of 2.97 meters and is expected to achieve a range of up to 700 kilometers (WLTP). After the ID.4, the ID.7 is another global electric model from Volkswagen that will be offered on three continents in Europe, China and North America. It also marks the return of the Volkswagen Group of America to the CES in Las Vegas after six years.

With the new ID.7, we are rounding off our e-model portfolio at the top end. The sedan will offer top technology and quality. The ID.7 is one of ten new e-models that we will be launching by 2026. Our goal: to have the right offer for our customers in every segment.

Thomas Schäfer, CEO of the Volkswagen brand

Despite camouflage, it can be seen that the ID.7 also follows the previous design language of the ID. family from VW and adopts the aerodynamically designed front and sloping roof section. In order to reduce air resistance and increase the range, VW allows the wind to flow backwards through air intakes in the front on the side of the vehicle, so that an air cushion is formed that calms the air flow on the side of the vehicle.

Volkswagen ID.7 with camouflage paintwork (Image: Volkswagen)

ID.7 offers innovative air conditioning

When developing the ID.7, Volkswagen could not avoid the mostly negative feedback from customers: the touch sliders under the display are a thorn in the side of almost all buyers. Even if VW continues to stick to the touch sliders on the ID.7, these are now illuminated, which eliminates the biggest criticism of the operating concept of the previous models.

The illuminated touch sliders are standard on the ID.7, as is the augmented reality head-up display, a 15-inch screen and a new climate control system integrated into the first level of the infotainment system.

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Cockpit of the VW ID.7 (Image: Volkswagen)
Cockpit of the VW ID.7 with ambient lighting
Cockpit of the VW ID.7 with ambient lighting (Image: Volkswagen)

Is the driver recognized as cooled or heated

In the area of ​​air conditioning, the ID.7 not only boasts innovations with the vents. If the ID.7 recognizes the approaching driver based on his key, the interior starts to be cooled on hot summer days or warmed up on cold days before the driver gets into the ID.7.

Air outlets wag and distribute the air

The newly designed air outlets, “Smart Air Vents”, control the air flow and wag dynamically in order to distribute the air over a large area as quickly as possible. The air is no longer blown in the set direction of the air outlet slats, but changes direction via electric motors in the “Smart Air Vents”, which are digitally controlled.

The air conditioning reacts to the environment

If the passengers are sitting in the car, the ventilation can either aim directly at the body or ventilate the interior indirectly. These functions are always visible on the first level of the display, can be activated and can also be saved individually for each user. With automatic cooling, the solar radiation should also be recorded and taken into account for the positioning of the air outlets in order to achieve the best possible cooling. Other settings can also be adjusted by language. For example, the voice command “Hello Volkswagen, my hands are cold!” in the ID.7 causes the steering wheel heating to be activated. In addition, the air outlets are automatically aligned so that warm air flows to the hands in a targeted manner.

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ID.7 steering wheel heating (Image: Volkswagen)

Special livery for the CES

At CES 2023, the ID.7 on display, which is a near-series study, still has a multi-layer, interactive paint finish with electroluminescence, which can make parts of the vehicle glow. On the one hand, this is intended to symbolize the digitization and intelligence of the vehicle, and on the other hand, the last details of the contours of the body and the shape of the lights are camouflaged, which are not yet to be fully revealed before the world premiere. 40 layers of paint were applied to the ID.7, some of which are conductive and some are insulating. 22 separately controllable areas of the vehicle are energized below the top layer of paint so that they light up. At the trade fair, VW is also linking this effect to a sound system so that the rhythm of the music is reflected in the lighting up of individual areas of the body.

Volkswagen ID.7 with camouflage paintwork (Image: Volkswagen)

ID.7 is also manufactured in Emden

With more than 500,000 MEB-based vehicles delivered since the handover to the first ID.3 customer in September 2020, Volkswagen has achieved this self-imposed goal around a year earlier than planned, despite a continued tight supply situation. With the ID.7 in the high-volume segment of the upper middle class, VW wants to continue to push its own e-offensive. After the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 (test drive) and ID.6 (only in China) as well as the ID. Buzz (driving report), the ID.7 is the sixth all-electric model in the ID. family. The ID.7 for the European market is produced at the Volkswagen plant in Emden. After the ID.4, it is the second MEB-based model to be manufactured in Emden.

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FI Group contributes to the launch of the third NextGenerationEU Guide

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The third edition of the report has already been published “NextGenerationEU Guide, for the industry to better understand and take advantage of its opportunities”. As usual, it has been published by the EAIC (European Association of Innovation Consultants), of which FI Group is a part.

The report, which once again included the participation of the FI Group, explains how each of the 24 European countries distributes the almost 326 billion European aid granted in their National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

The latest update of the report highlights the maximum financial contribution that corresponds to each Member State, calculated taking into account the growth in real GDP in 2020 and the accumulated growth in real GDP in the period 2020-2021.

Most Member States saw their maximum financial contribution in the aid component of their Recovery plans decrease, due to changes in the calculations made in June 2022, based on real GDP growth data. The only countries that saw their funds increased were Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria Y Portugal.

Main updates and news reported by Member States

  • The implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plans is in full swing: calls have been launched to receive proposals, projects are being evaluated and aid agreements are being signed.
  • Member States have started work on the review of plans, following the decision made on June 30, 2022 on the final distribution of funds; some of the new plans are still being evaluated (for example: more funds in Lithuania to boost energy independence, renewable energy and cybersecurity).
  • The report also highlights the main calls for proposals launched in each of the 24 Member States (for digitization, innovation, circular economy, etc.), both those active right now and those planned soon.
  • Some of the Member States (Finland for example) have already distributed all the funds allocated to them in their Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Alejandro Álvarez, Grants Director at FI Group, as well as a member of the EAIC Board and coordinator of this report, highlights that it is a unique initiative at a European level. “We have been following the development of the Recovery and Resilience Plans since the start of the negotiations and have managed to offer comprehensive information on the opportunities that are emerging across Europe. Building on the success of this pioneering initiative, we are looking to broaden the focus of the report to provide an even more valuable overview of the opportunities for all key players in the industry.” explains Alvarez.

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Bring Your Own License is now part of the Nutanix on OVHcloud portfolio

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OVHcloud has recently included the option to use Bring Your Own License or BYOL in its portfolio of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions.

The Nutanix users they can now bring their existing Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to dedicated OVHcloud Hosted Private Cloud infrastructures, making it easier for them to transition to the cloud. OVHcloud, which recently received the Nutanix EMEA Service Provider of the Year award, continues to expand its offer of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions with the addition of the BYOL offer to complement the existing pack offer.

Existing Nutanix customers and partners can now bring their Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to Nutanix-certified High Grade HCI Intel dedicated servers, benefiting from license portability and application migration transparency. Customers’ Nutanix hyper-converged environment (HCI) is pre-installed in just hours and ready to use with their custom infrastructure.

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution enables a faster migration of on-premises applications to the cloud, while benefiting from OVHcloud infrastructures. With a low carbon footprint and best-in-class PUE and WUE indices, the OVHcloud infrastructure stands out for its global sustainability, thanks to a circular group approach that allows for maximum optimization of the server’s life cycle. In addition, OVHcloud data centers meet high data protection and security standards.

“We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Nutanix, addressing new use cases and providing new business opportunities for our ecosystem partners”says Sylvain Rouri, Chief Sales Officer at OVHcloud.

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This new offering allows OVHcloud to meet the needs of users, covering seasonal peaks in infrastructure demand and developing disaster recovery plans (DRPs), all while providing a cost-effective solution. Like the Nutanix on OVHcloud bundle offer, the BYOL offer consists of 27 variants of dedicated servers and Nutanix High Grade HCI certified servers based on Intel processors and includes inbound and outbound traffic, helping to improve OPEX for significant savings compared to non-hyperconverged infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“As a company, we continually demonstrate the power of strong partnerships. OVHcloud already has an excellent understanding of our technology with its existing Nutanix on OVHcloud solution. For this reason, it makes sense for us to expand our relationship to include a BYOL offering.”says Dom Poloniecki, Worldwide Sales Chief of Staff and Head of Sales Strategy & Operations at Nutanix. “The real winners here are our common customers and partners who are looking for cost-effective ways to scale to an OPEX model in the cloud, but who, to date, have not yet made the switch from an on-premises environment. With OVHcloud and Nutanix, they have the best of both worlds.”

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution is a scalable and ready HCI platform to use that is offered both as a pack and BYOL, and is based on a dedicated Hosted Private Cloud OVHcloud infrastructure certified by Nutanix. It is now available online in EMEA and Canada, with data centers located in Canada, France, Germany and the UK.

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How to choose hosting and domain for my website

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The digitization in small and medium-sized companies it is no longer just a trend, but a necessity. And the first step for those who continue to lag behind is the creation of a website. But where to start? Part of the aid from European funds is destined to the development of this type of tools where, in addition to an innovative design, you will need a good hostingso that everything works perfectly.

The hosting provider: what should you demand?

The hosting provider is something like the home where your website is cared for and protected. Therefore, it must be reliable and secure, but for businesses with less budget, it also cheap. Your digital project must also have a domain, the obtaining of which falls within the responsibilities of this provider. If all these concepts are new to you, don’t worry, here we help you with some tips:

  1. That the hosting is hosted in Spain. This will allow you minimize costs but without having to give up offering your visitors a good user experience. When you have your data in the country, all the traffic you have from here (the vast majority) will enjoy minimal latency, and optimal loading times, they will not have to wait several seconds for the web page to load, and they will not experience very marked delays when interacting with her.
  2. That he Technical support is in Spanish and with 24/7 coverage: If you run a small business or a personal project, you know that work and problems can arise at any time. Having support in your own language and that is available will always help you a lot in your project.
  3. Servers with NVMe SSD drives: this is essential for your project to load faster and for it to offer the level of performance that your users deserve.
  4. Hacking and cyberattack prevention services: essential for your website to be safe and protected.
  5. Flexibility and scalability: The hosting you choose should give you the possibility of adapting it to your needs, and to the changes that occur in your project. If your idea is to grow, it is essential that the hosting do it with you.
  6. Possibility to try it for free: This is important because it will allow you to discover if the hosting you have chosen is really the right one for you, and without you having to spend a penny.

An example of hosting that meets all these requirements is Axarnet which, for a price starting at 2.49 euros, has all the features described above. Also, you can try it for free for a month without having to enter any payment method. It will also allow you to register your domain for free in annual contracts, and you will enjoy a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate at no cost.

In the event that you already have a domain, you can always transfer it to Axarnet hosting and in a very simple way. What are you waiting for to have your own web showcase?

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