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Volkswagen's autonomous concept car arrives on the button


By John Glenday, Reporter

March 7, 2017 | 2 min read

Volkswagen is seeking to put itself in the front seat of a looming driverless car revolution by unveiling its own concept car as an early hint of what the future might bring.

Sedric (self-driving car) has been conceived from the ground up to give a demonstrative insight into what the future might mean for road traffic, personal mobility and Volkswagen’s own destination.

Billed as a simple touch button solution to future transport needs, Volkswagen boasts that its design will be ‘easy, sustainable, convenient and safe’ and will form a key plank of its ‘Together – Strategy 2025’ program.

Built around a novel control solution of a single activation button encircled by an illuminated ring, which displays the estimated arrival time, the futuristic vehicle has been designed to be as simple to operate as possible.

In a statement Volkswagen wrote: “Sedric is the pioneer, the ideas platform for autonomous driving in the Volkswagen Group. And it is the “Father” of numerous concepts for a new form of individual mobility. Soon Sedric will also get “children” and “grandchildren” with the Group’s various brands. They will be created in typical designs for the brands and will feature tailor-made and customer-specific characteristics for equipment.”

Sedric follows hot on the wheels of Volkswagen’s investment in mobility service provider Gett and establishment of its own service in this area, MOIA.

Despite a turbulent recent history borne out of 'dieselgate' emissions scandal Volkswagen was recently crowned the world's top car maker.

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