Automobile companies are known for coming up with concept cars that look like they come straight from the future. This week, as part of the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen revealed their concept design for a self-driving vehicle it calls Sedric. The photos show that the automobile looks a bit like it came out of one of Pixar’s Cars movies, with a grill that looks like a mouth and headlights up above that makes the whole front looks like a cartoon face.
Aside from the anthropomorphic front and the fact that the rest of the car’s body looks like a tad like a toaster, Sedric is supposed to have a lot of high-end hardware and technology. To bring one of these cars to your location, Volkswagen says all a person has to do is press on a specially created remote it calls The Button (no points for originality but hey, it still works).
Once inside, passengers will see a roomy design with two seats at either end of the interior. The passengers can order Sedric to take them where they want to go via voice commands. The car will have no interior steering wheel or pedals, and the dashboard will be replaced with the car’s windshield that will double as an OLED display, offering riders information, wallpapers and more.
While Sedric was designed as a ride-sharing vehicle, Volkswagen says that it can also be set up to be owned by individuals, so it can be used by a family to send the kids to school, then take the parents to work. It can then ordered do other things automatically like pick up the groceries or a friend at the airport.
Of course, all of this is still very much science fiction. Volkswagen has not offered any information on when, or even if, it will start making a self-driving autonomous car like Sedric, but at least it is thinking about what the future of transportation might be like sometime down the road.
Stay tuned as we are attending the Geneva International Motor Show and will have first-hand reports from the event as they unfold.