The Sedric is (theoretically) an "SAE Level 5" autonomous vehicle, capable of driving with or without fleshy humanoids on board, and as such doesn't have a steering wheel, dashboard or pedals. 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.
Volkswagen Group has unveiled its first concept auto today, and boy is it a doozy.
It also doubles up as the name of a vehicle that looks like a disfigured box on wheels and VW hopes it will lead a whole new breed of ride-sharing.
The most interesting fact about Sedric is that you can actually talk to it (no we're not bluffing). It uncomplicates the process of being able to travel by providing you with a button and a ring. The control button will have a colorful flashing ring that indicates Sedric's arrival time and vibrates to guide a person with impaired vision to the vehicle. It will, thus, be extremely helpful for the visually impaired as well.
Sedric's control interface is described.as "The Button".
Handling a lot of the development is a new VW Group think tank called the Future Center. There are hints of other concept cars in Sedric, like the garden of succulents on the dash like Rinspeed's Oasis and suicide doors for ease of entry like the Chrysler Portal.
It's summoned by a simple push of a fob button, which uses a colour-coded countdown to its arrival, and which can vibrate to help those with poor vision find the right pod to step into. Voice commands can be used to allow passengers to tell the Sedric where to go, how to get there and when to return for the next trip.
Take another good look at the exterior and you'll notice the Sedric does not wear a single VW badge.
Sedric was "devised, designed, developed and constructed" by two separate think tanks within the larger VW organization, one in Potsdam and the other in Wolfsburg. But, it will now act as a basic pattern for upcoming sustainable mobility innovations from the German automaker.
Called the Sedric - an acronym for the words "self-driving car", the new pod like four-seater has been developed as part of the German vehicle maker's Together-Strategy 2025 programme as a foundation for a planned transformation of the Volkswagen Group from a traditional engineering led company to one specialising in integrated mobility services through its newly created Mobility Solutions division. 'And it is the "Father" of numerous concepts for a new form of individual mobility. They will be created in typical designs for the brands and will feature tailor-made and customer-specific characteristics for equipment'.