Volkswagen revealed a futuristic autonomous shuttle concept called the SEDRIC at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. Now, the German giant returns to this year’s Geneva stage painting the SEDRIC in a school bus yellow. The SEDRIC (Self DRIving Car) is Volkswagen’s idea of future mobility for sustainable, safe and convenient transportation at the touch of a button.
Volkswagen is mulling to be the leading manufacturer for autonomous driving as a part of its "TOGETHER - Strategy 2025" future programme. The carmaker is concentrating on the development of Self-Driving System (SDS) to provide individual mobility of the future. The SEDRIC has served as a platform for cross-brand ideas for automated driving and aims to transport kids to school without a bus driver. Volkswagen likes to call it the “Cool Bus”.
The German carmaker believes that using such autonomous shuttles will help in overcoming the issues such as pollution and traffic safety that are faced in congested cites. Moreover, the OneButton control element to call up a self-driving electric vehicle at your doorstep is convenient, safe and fun for the future young generation according to Volkswagen.
Although still a bit futuristic, the SEDRIC boasts of generous cabin proportions, OLED screen for onboard entertainment and aluminium boxes decorated with stickers for two of the four seats. The other two seats are wrapped in stylish upholstery and there is a chalkboard too on the doors.
The SEDRIC joins the Geneva stage with the I.D. Vizzion Concept. Volkswagen is on an electric offensive and wants to have more than 20 electric vehicles on the road by the middle of the next decade. The SEDRIC concept meanwhile will take a little longer to conceptualise.