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The Volkswagen Group has a distinct vision for the future (and it looks strikingly like My Neighbor Totoro‘s grinning Catbus).
Sedric the self-driving concept car promises convenience, sustainability, and safety—all at the touch of a button. Whether that is a physical or digital button remains unclear; Volkswagen Group also tipped a “ring” which indicates the car’s arrival time with colored signals and vibrations.
The mysterious control element works anywhere—at home, on a business trip, or at a holiday resort. Just tap to receive your autonomous shared mobility vehicle.
“In the future, fully automated vehicles will enrich the mobility experience of many people,” the Volkswagen Group said in a press release. “A mobility concept based on intensively used vehicles will take up less space, will consume less energy, and will be safer and more sustainable at the same time.
“And the concept offers tailor-made mobility for everyone: adults and children, retirees and people with physical disabilities, city people who do not have their own car or a driving license. And visitors in a new city [who] suddenly decide they want to get from A to B in a convenient mobility setting,” the company added.
Part of the Volkswagen Group’s mobility service fleet, Sedric can also be individually configured for commercial sale.
“After all, this new automobile is intelligent, it’s always available, and the car even carries out functions independently,” the automaker said. “Sedric will drive the children to school and then take their parents to the office, look independently for a parking space, collect shopping that has been ordered, pick up a visitor for the station and a [child] from sports training—all at the touch of a button, with voice control or with a smartphone app—fully automatically, reliably and safely.”
Once inside, passengers can talk to the vehicle like a personal assistant: Chat about your destination, how to get there, expected driving time, the current traffic situation; even ask for a stop at Starbucks on the way. Then sit back and relax, or tap into the windshield’s OLED screen with augmented reality programming.
“Sedric is giving entirely new meaning to the concept of autonomous driving,” according to VW Group.