Volkswagen has confirmed plans to place a futuristic, battery-powered autonomous shuttle into manufacturing as a part of its new “Roadmap E” push into the electrical and self-driving autos.
The Sedric – the identify a mash-up of SElf-DRIving Automobile – was unveiled as a VW Group idea final yr and is now being handed off to considered one of its particular manufacturers to be delivered to fruition.
VW hasn’t revealed which one is getting it, however has up to date Sedric as an on-demand city faculty bus that college students can summon through an app. It options sliding doorways, center-facing seats and no steering wheel. A set of sensors are positioned across the car, most prominently on 4 antenna-like stalks protruding from the roof. VW’s designers preemptively added graffiti like design on the physique and stickers inside.
It’s a part of a greater than $40 billion funding VW Group is making to impress and convey autonomy to its fleet and begin constructing zero-emissions autos at 16 factories around the globe by 2022, together with a Microbus-inspired electrical minivan that may change the Beetle because the automaker’s heritage mannequin.
VW hasn’t stated precisely when Sedric would enter manufacturing, however did say it could be adopted by tour buses, vehicles and even sports activities vehicles outfitted with the self-driving expertise. The corporate’s Moia division is at the moment increasing a ridesharing shuttle system the place it might probably discover a house.
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