Meet Sedric-Volkswagen’s Self-Driving Concept Car

Meet Sedric-Volkswagen’s Self-Driving Concept Car

For families who struggle to tear their children away from the TV in the morning, this could be the answer.

A driverless car described as a ‘comfortable lounge on wheels’ has been unveiled by Volkswagen – with a windscreen that doubles as a huge television.

And there wouldn’t be any worries about sleepy children losing the remote, as the vehicle’s system can be controlled by voice.

Unfortunately for desperate parents, the Sedric – a name derived from ‘self-driving car’ – probably won’t be on the road any time soon. It is a concept car, which often never go into production.

Volkswagen have built a self-driving concept car called Sedric which is a so-called Level 5 vehicle capable of fully automated operation

There are no pedal controls inside Sedric (pictured) and no driver as the battery-powered car is run by artificial intelligence

However with the first fully autonomous vehicles expected on British roads by 2020, car-makers are battling it out to create the most exciting designs.

Volkswagen revealed its prototype at the Geneva Motor Show, and stressed it could potentially be bought by individuals.

The German firm said: ‘Sedric will drive the children to school and then take their parents to the office, look independently for a parking space, collect shopping that has been ordered, pick up a visitor from the station and a son from sports training – all at the touch of a button, with voice control or with a smartphone app – fully automatically, reliably and safely.’

It can also recognise users, allowing the doors to open automatically. Passengers can then talk to an in-built virtual assistant to direct the vehicle, or even to put on music or other entertainment.

Volkswagen will show off a fully self-driving car 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

A Sedric concept car is displayed during a Volkswagen event prior to the 87th Geneva Auto Show in Geneva, Switzerland

The autonomous car can do all kinds of chores – drive children to school, look independently for a parking space or collect shopping

The car is electric and does not have typical features such as a bonnet. However its plush interior includes birch leather upholstery, with air purifying plants.

Volkswagen is also experimenting with the idea of owning a fleet of vehicles that can be hailed by members of the public using a button carried in their pocket.

WHAT DOES SEDRIC DO?

Users can summon Sedric with the touch of a button, voice control or with a smartphone app.

Inside there are no pedal controls as the car is run by artificial intelligence.

Passengers can talk to Sedric about the destination, how to get there and driving time.

The battery-run car can carry up to four passengers – and no need for a license because no one is actually driving.

It can also find parking spaces by itself, collect shopping or go and pickup friends from the station.

The ‘shared ownership’ model where motorists share cars rather than buying their own is expected to become popular in the future as self-driving vehicles take off. Ministers see the concept as a way of cracking down on air pollution, and eventually reducing congestion on the roads.

Last week Nissan became the first major car manufacturer to test self-driving cars on public roads in the UK. The Japanese firm tested prototypes of its Leaf model on busy routes in east London and hopes to make them widely available by 2020.

Small-scale tests of driverless car technology have previously been conducted in locations such as Milton Keynes, Greenwich and Bristol.

A Department for Transport study in January predicted that driverless cars could increase congestion on some UK roads for several years.

Delays on motorways and major roads during peak periods were expected to rise by 0.9 per cent when one in four cars were automated, researchers said.

Their report warned that because early models of driverless cars are expected to operate more cautiously than regular vehicles, it could result in ‘a potential decrease in effective capacity and a decline in network performance’.

The analysis suggested that a reduction in congestion might not be achieved until automated vehicles made up between 50 and 75 per cent of traffic.

In November’s autumn statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £390 million investment in electric and self-driving cars.

Matthias Mueller, the CEO of Volkswagen, presented the VW autonomous concept car at the motor show in Switzerland on Monday

Matthias Mueller, the CEO of Volkswagen, sits inside the VW autonomous concept car Sedric, during a presentation at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show

Europe’s biggest carmaker has said it will invest billions of euros in electric cars, ride-hailing and automated driving

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