Volkswagen Sedric concept previews self-driving pod-like vehicle

The Volkswagen Sedric, a futuristically-style self-driving concept vehicle, has been revealed ahead of its Geneva motor show debut.

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

Called Sedric – an acronym of the words “self-driving car”, the new pod as the four-seater has been developed as part of the German automaker Together-Strategy 2025 program as the basis for a planned transformation of the Volkswagen Group from the traditional engineering-led company to one specializing in integrated mobility services through its newly created Mobility Solutions division.

Considered the first concept car to be developed as a cross to the mark of the ideas of the platform within the Volkswagen Group, the new concept has been created as a solution to provide intuitive mobility individual in a universally usable vehicle with an easily understood concept of control. The Sedric also explores how the car is going to exist in a sharing economy, designed to be used within an exchange platform for use by multiple users. Is credited to a trio of high-ranking Volkswagen Group officials: Michael Mauer, head of design; Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital officer, and Ulrich Eichorn, head of Research and Development.

Designed to fit with the Volkswagen Group’s recent investment in the mobility service provide Egtt and the establishment of his own house in the mobility service provider of MOIA, Sedric meets future of the mobility of ideas that goes on around the Volkswagen Group in a compact concept which does away with the traditional dosage form, and a classic car such as interior, as well as features such as a steering wheel and pedals.

In its place is a smooth, emerged from a box, pod, such as the creation, which houses a spacious four-seat lounge-like cabin with voice-controlled propulsion through an electric motor located in the rear axle of the delivery of around 134bhp and powered by a lithium ion battery mounted in the floor, providing a claimed range of around 250 miles.

In the heart of the Sedric is a very contemporary, driving system autonomous, based on the Level 5 of the technology that is being developed by the Volkswagen Group for use in driverless cars planned for launch after 2020. Uses five individual LIDAR (light, imaging, detection and ranging scanner) devices mounted on the top of the Sedric of the roof in combination with seven cameras and various radar sensors.

Linking the new concept with its user is a so-called mobility controller that Jungwirth describes as the key to the future. With a press of a button, the driver greets the new Volkswagen, showing your time of arrival with the color of the signals as well as a vibration signal designed specifically for guides to a person with vision problems to the car.

The Volkswagen Group describes its new concept of mobility as the “father of many concepts” already in development, suggesting that it also will have “children and grandchildren” within their portfolio of brands including, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Seat and Skoda.

The development of the new Volkswagen Group concept has taken place in the Volkswagen Group’s so-called Future Center of Europe, in Potsdam, Germany after a green light to the program from the company’s chairman, Matthias Mueller, in May of 2016. It is based on the mobility and propulsion of ideas first presented by the Volkswagen Group last year at the Geneva motor show.

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