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The latest autonomous vehicle has come from German automaker Volkswagen, and it’s called Sedric.
Sedric remains a concept idea for the moment, but the company says you’ll be able to summon it with the press of a button. Billed as a private autonomous runaround, the car will drop the kids off at school or collect the groceries for you.
“The idea of a simple form of individual mobility for everyone is linked to a universally usable vehicle and to an intuitive and easily understood control concept,” explained Volkswagen in a press release.
“The Button is the link between the user and Sedric. It is the key to a completely new mobility experience. This is because a single touch of the button guarantees mobility for everyone, at any time, and at any location.
“The control element is made of a button to press and a ring which indicates Sedric’s arrival time with coloured signals and vibration signal that guides a person with impaired vision to the car.”
Rather than have a standard car layout, VW is pitching Sedric as more of a lounge on wheels. It will have leather upholstery and no steering wheel or pedals.
On-board features include an air purifier and a big OLED touchscreen.
Volkswagen doesn’t lay out a timeline for when Sedric will become an actual car rather than just a sleek concept. But it does say the vehicle is the “father” of a number of autonomous projects it is working on.
“In the future, fully automated vehicles will enrich the mobility experience of many people,” the company said.
“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 and suddenly decide they want to get from A to B in a convenient mobility setting.”
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