Autonomous driving at the touch of a button
08 March 2017
Volkswagen’s first concept car, Sedric, is the first vehicle to have been created for Level 5 autonomous driving – a person as a driver is no longer required.
The first Concept Car from the Volkswagen Group is a cross-brand ideas platform. The Volkswagen Group is using Sedric to highlight the major importance of fully automated driving in the future strategy of the company.
In conjunction with its equally innovative control system, Sedric is giving entirely new meaning to the concept of autonomous driving. The touch of a button suffices. And the self-driving automobile comes along and takes its passengers conveniently and safely to their destination. 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.
Sedric recognises its user and the two-part door opens. The opening is wide and high, making it easy for passengers to get in even with luggage. There is plenty of room for bags and suitcases in the generously proportioned interior.
When a passenger gets into the car, they can talk to Sedric. Passengers can talk to Sedric about the destination, how to get there, the driving time, the current traffic situation, perhaps even a short break on the way – users can talk to Sedric like they would with a personal assistant. While you are on the road, you can choose exactly what you want to do. The windscreen is a big OLED screen with augmented reality serves as a communication and entertainment centre – but passengers can also close their eyes, sit back and relax.
The new engineering structure has made this monolithic, basic body possible. Sedric is a thoroughbred electric automobile. Its battery pack is flat and has been configured between the axles, and the compact electric motor is located at the level of the wheels. Systems like air-conditioning or the electronic intelligence of the self-driving system are positioned in the compact overhangs at the front and rear.
The key difference to all other present-day automobiles is immediately tangible in the interior. Sedric does not have a driver. The steering wheel, pedals and cockpit are therefore superfluous. This permits a completely new sense of wellbeing in the vehicle – a welcome home feeling. Sedric is a comfortable lounge on wheels, equipped with carefully selected materials.
Materials courtesy of the Volkswagen Group.