VW Group utilized the Frankfurt Motor Show to confirm plans to bring its self-driving Sedric concept to public roads. Sedric, short for Self-Driving Car, was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year as a concept with Level 5 autonomy.
Sedric is actually the first vehicle ever produced with the VW Group badge, which signals the level of development this vehicle has seen within the massive organization. Sedric is completely autonomous; it lacks a steering wheel and pedals in favor of voice and gesture control. The autonomous system actually utilizes artificial intelligence to self-drive and effectively act like a taxi.
VW Group says Sedric will ultimately end up on public roads around the global by 2021. At that time the company will begin testing Sedric with the public, something other tech giants and automakers are already starting to do. It’s likely Sedric will offer a taxi service as its test.
Sedric is built atop Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which is slated to underpin most of the company’s mainstream electric vehicles next decade.
Aside from confirming plans to actually produce the Sedric concept, VW Group has been fairly quiet about details. The company did also state plans exist to create a family of Sedric vehicles that span several market segments.
Rolling out Sedric is all part of Volkswagen’s transformation from a manufacturer to a company that offers a host of transportation solutions.