The Volkswagen Sedric Is An Autonomous Space Caterpillar That's Really Chill Inside
00:39, Mar 8, 2017
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With its "TOGETHER - Strategy 2025" future program, the Volkswagen Group is paving the way for the biggest change process in its history: the realignment to become a globally leading provider of sustainable mobility.
Volkswagen also saidSedric could serve as a "friend and companion" for your family, which makes us wonder if Volkswagen imagining a built-in artificial intelligence - sort of like Toyota's Concept-i vehicle, which debuted earlier this year with the "Yui" AI.
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.
While the VW Sedric is highly futuristic and points to an exciting new future where mobility is far more user-friendly, one amusing design quirk is particularly ironic.
Coming back to the Sedric, this driverless pod concept has been developed under a new architecture that Volkswagen calls Modular Electric Drive or MEB.
Since Sedric is an electric vehicle it, doesn't have an engine to take up space, so it's roomy inside. The vehicles wheels are almost completely faired-in for aerodynamic efficiency.
The Button is the link between the user and Sedric. "But our concept vehicle stands for a new self-image and a new form of collaboration and know-how transfer in the Group", Müller said.
It's not entirely passive, because once in the vehicle, passengers can talk to Sedric about the destination, how to get there and find out the driving time or the current traffic situation just as they would with a personal assistant.
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But instead of popping a couple more aspirin and apologizing once again for its misdeeds, VW put a smile on its face and rolled out some happy news: A grandiose plan to democratize future mobility headlined by a friendly autonomous people mover named Sedric. It will only respond by pushing a button for trip based applications for Uber. The windscreen is a huge OLED screen which can either offer augmented reality information about the outside world, or act as an entertainment centre.
Electric motor VW says that the Sedric uses a 136hp electric motor and has a claimed one-charge range of around 400km, neither of which will matter a jot to those inside, because who cares what engine or how much fuel is in the tank of the taxi you've just stepped into?
Finally, for anyone looking to pick up one of these futuristic pod-like vehicles, you're out of luck as they're now concepts. These offspring will "be created in typical designs for the brands and will feature tailor-made and customer-specific characteristics for equipment".
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