Meet Sedric: Volkswagen reveals its driverless pod concept that acts as your personal robot chauffeur
– Sedric is run by artificial intelligence and can be controlled with a button, voice control or a phone app
– The self-driving concept car can find parking spaces, collect shopping or pick up children all by itself
– Self-driving vehicles will be a key element for Volkswagen and it plans to launch 30 more by 2025
The German carmaker is trying to position itself at the forefront of new technologies in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal
The Wolfsburg-based company said ‘battery technology, autonomous driving and artificial intelligence will become new core competences’ for the company.
Europe’s biggest carmaker has said it will invest billions of euros in electric cars, ride-hailing and automated driving.
The self-driving concept car – a so-called Level 5 vehicle capable of fully automated operation – is a precursor for more such models from the Volkswagen group in years to come, Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said on Monday on the eve of car executives’ annual gathering in Geneva.
Users can summon Sedric with the touch of a button, voice control or with a smartphone app and it will take its passengers to their destination – so no need for a driver’s license.
When inside, passengers can talk to Sedric about the destination, how to get there, the driving time and current traffic situation.