The German automaker attracted attention with its newly revealed plan to become fully electrified across the group, but at the Frankfurt Motor Show they also further developed their autonomous agenda.
While the I.D. concepts are attracting all the attention, and serve as the heralds for the green, electrified era at the VW brand, there’s also a proof of concept that serves as the development basis for the autonomous strategy. We’re talking about the Sedric showcar, first revealed back in March at the Geneva Motor Show, a prototype that actually features no badge – and is instead branded under the VW Group. The driverless showcar has been fine tuned for the Frankfurt Motor Show, and seeks to present the group’s view into the autonomous future that comes with the Level 5 driverless capabilities.
VW’s CEO, Matthias Müller, announced on the sidelines of the 2017 IAA the Sedric is just one view for the planned strategy, the company aiming to bring to life a full roster of fully autonomous cars – from city dwellers, long range vehicles and up to vans and trucks. VW also announced it will start fully autonomous testing soon, with the first trials taking place within the confines of the company’s plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Next up, according to Johann Jungwirth, the strategy boss for the entire VW Group, a fleet of self-driving models will be introduced to a few cities across the world in 2021, acting as car share and ride share partners through Moia and Gett, mobility brands owned or affiliated with VW.
Via Automotive News