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Volkswagen unveils Sedric, its fully autonomous concept vehicle

Volkswagen unveils Sedric, its fully autonomous concept vehicle

Once sitting down, all we have to do is indicate our desired destination through the car's voice command system-hoping it works better than the such systems in current vehicles on the market-and Sedric will drive us anywhere we want like a private chauffeur. VW stated that Sedric could perform as a "friend of companion" and it will resemble the look of the Level Five autonomous vehicles (the highest stage of automation). With Sedric we are looking far ahead: "the study demonstrates how a new, integrated mobility system of the future could function", said Matthias Müller, CEO of the VW Group. The company says that Sedric is a shared mobility vehicle and that users will have a "universal mobility ID".

The Volkswagen Group concept previews a hi-tech vision for the future of individual mobility into and beyond the next decade.

The appearance of Sedric - which The Verge has compared to "a toaster" - challenges the traditional design of cars, including that of some driverless cars.




Sedric's control interface is described.as "The Button". However, Volkswagen did confirm that the Sedric is the "father" of concepts within the company. Passengers could tell the auto route to take to reach a destination or at what time they would like to reach it. Volkswagen promises that many more concepts that build off of what it's done in developing Sedric are coming down the pipeline, so we should get to see the evolution of these ideas shortly. The windscreen is a big OLED screen with augmented reality serves as a communication and entertainment center - but passengers can also close their eyes, sit back and relax. Soon Sedric will also get "children" and "grandchildren" with the Group's various brands.

That's right, you guys! These offspring will "be created in typical designs for the brands and will feature tailor-made and customer-specific characteristics for equipment". But Sedric can equally well be an individually configured owned vehicle of one of the Volkswagen Group's brands.

Conceived to dovetail with the Volkswagen Group's recent investment in the mobility service provide Gett and the establishment of its own in-house mobility service provider MOIA, the Sedric brings together future mobility ideas being pursued throughout the Volkswagen Group in a compact concept that does away with traditional proportioning and a classic vehicle like interior as well as features such as a steering wheel and pedals.

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