VW unveils the "Sedric" self-driving auto

Volkswagen's pod-cast: Sedric concept at Geneva 2017

Volkswagen's pod-cast: Sedric concept at Geneva 2017

Once sitting down, all we have to do is indicate our desired destination through the car's voice command system-hoping it works better than the such systems in current vehicles on the market-and Sedric will drive us anywhere we want like a private chauffeur. It's a fully-automated, self-driving electric transport (it is designed around "Level Five" autonomy, which requires no human input other than a destination) and suggests that VW has either been looking deep into the future, or that Wolfsburg's engineers have been watching a Minority Report DVD on hard rotation.

The idea of a simple form of individual mobility for everyone is linked to a universally usable vehicle and to an intuitive and easily understood control concept.

While the VW Sedric is highly futuristic and points to an exciting new future where mobility is far more user-friendly, one amusing design quirk is particularly ironic.

It's operated via a special key which VW calls the OneButton, which the operator presses to summon the Sedric.

The appearance of Sedric - which The Verge has compared to "a toaster" - challenges the traditional design of cars, including that of some driverless cars. The vehicles wheels are almost completely faired-in for aerodynamic efficiency.

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Volkswagen will show off a fully self-driving vehicle at the Geneva auto show, as part of the German carmaker's drive to be at the forefront of new technologies in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal. It will only respond by pushing a button for trip based applications for Uber.

The futuristic looking auto also has sixth sense ability as the Sedric is equipped with seven cameras and five lidar sensors.

The Volkswagen Group describes its new mobility concept as the "father of numerous concepts" already under development, suggesting it will also get "children and grand children" within its portfolio of brands, which include, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Seat and Skoda. And while on the journey, they could read a book, take a nap or stay entertained via the windshield which doubles as a large LED screen with augmented reality. These "child" concepts will be created in typical designs for the brands and will feature tailor-made and customer-specific characteristics for equipment.

The most interesting fact about Sedric is that you can actually talk to it (no we're not bluffing). Inside, a generously proportioned interior reveals no steering wheel or pedals, essentially making the Sedric a comfortable lounge on wheels.

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