Sedric is Volkswagen's first self-driving concept vehicle

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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I’m convinced that there must be some unwritten rule which dictates that concept vehicles be so ugly that you’ll never actually want one… like Volkswagen Group’s first self-driving car.

An Autonomous Level 5 vehicle, Sedric (self-driving car) will be capable of driving itself without human interaction (there isn’t a steering wheel or pedals). As Jalopnik reminds us, this isn’t really a car as we understand them today but rather, a robot that takes you places (or as The Verge says, something akin to a pet).

Good thing, too, because as the latter publication correctly highlights, it looks like a pissed-off toaster.

Exterior aesthetics aside, the miniature monorail clone looks quite luxurious and spacious inside and reminds me a lot of the excellent Microbus concept we saw at the Detroit Auto Show back in January.

Without the need to face forward and drive, occupants can gather around in a lounge-style setting that fosters a more intimate feel. Naturally, there are large OLED panels with augmented reality to entertain riders as well.

There’s even “green” technology onboard in the form of air-purifying plants positioned near the front and rear windshields. Assuming they are real, one has to wonder how they’d survive when the climate control is off. Then again, we have to remind ourselves that it’s just a concept and won’t ever hit the road in this iteration.

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Reehahs

TS Evangelist
"Good thing, too, because as the latter publication correctly highlights, it looks like a pissed-off toaster."

I would rather have incompetent people being driven by a toaster then them behind the wheel. Instead of penalty points, the drivers should be restricted to self-driving home appliances.
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

TS Evangelist
I like it, but being a VW, I wonder where they are cheating this time... Not that they're the only ones who cheat, the same can be said for each and every manufacturer. VW were just unlucky, or stupid enough to be the first to get caught out.
 

Nobina

RTX 2080 Ti and iPhone XS MAX 512GB
It's ugly in every way. Can someone make a self driving car that actually looks like a car?