For this year’s edition of the Swiss auto show the German automaker is apparently taking a break from its ongoing electric strategy being previewed by the string of I.D. concepts with the introduction of the steering wheel-less, pedal-less, cockpit-less Sedric autonomous concept.
The “biggest change process in Volkswagen’s history” has been kicked off following the company’s special event held the night before the 2017 Geneva Motor Show – as the automaker is introducing the first prototype belonging to the new so-called “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025″ – the fully autonomous Sedric study, which actually belongs to the VW Group, not the eponymous brand. The concept has the highest level of autonomy, Level 5, proof that VW is on its way to “become a globally leading provider of sustainable mobility.” The prototype belongs to the Volkswagen Group Future Center in Potsdam and was developed and manufactured in collaboration with Volkswagen Group Research in Wolfsburg.
Being such an automated machine, VW describes Sedric as an “all-electric, 100 percent connected and fully autonomous” car that can independently handle all driving tasks – actually a human will never take control because there’s no steering wheel, pedals, or cockpit. VW envisions the concept as a travel companion, with whom you can discuss the destination, how to get there, the driving time, and the current traffic situation as if you were in front of a “personal assistant.”
All information is coming from a large OLED screen with augmented reality, sitting in lieu of the windscreen. By the way, during the presentation of Sedric – most likely a concept that will never see the light of day in this exact form – VW reconfirmed its bid to introduce 30 purely electric cars by 2025 and the investment of “several billion euros” in autonomous technologies.