Meet Sedric -- your driverless chauffeur from Volkswagen

The German brand states that the concept has been designed for the whole VW group and not for a single brand.

And, sure, our knee-jerk reaction may be to think it looks goofy, with a contrived friendly face, but when you're putting your life in the hands of some big machine, it's not surprising that the overall tone and aesthetic will be one of benevolent friendliness.

Volkswagen has introduced a new vehicle concept that models its vision for autonomous driving.

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It can also recognise users, allowing the doors to open automatically. Since the auto is completely autonomous, it has no dashboard or steering controls in order to maximise interior space and versatility. Instead, the all-electric concept is supposed to operate with full Level 5 autonomy, which means the system can handle all the work, and will only pick up riders when they summon it with the press of a button.

Sedric is laying the groundwork for "a new form of collaboration and transfer of know-how within the group", Müller, who is still quoted in the statement, said. Sedric independently performs all driving tasks; it is smart - and has no steering wheel, pedals or cockpit. The control button will have a colorful flashing ring that indicates Sedric's arrival time and vibrates to guide a person with impaired vision to the auto.

The Volkswagen Group concept previews a hi-tech vision for the future of individual mobility into and beyond the next decade.

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The Volkswagen Group describes its new mobility concept as the "father of numerous concepts" already under development, suggesting it will also get "children and grand children" within its portfolio of brands, which include, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Seat and Skoda. Seen from the front, the Sedric bears a striking resemblance to a Macintosh home computer from the 1980s. Volkswagen explains that the Sedric can be called for using a smartphone, and then directions can be given with the help of voice activated controls. While you are on the road, you can choose exactly what you want to do.

It's not entirely passive, because once in the vehicle, passengers can talk to Sedric about the destination, how to get there and find out the driving time or the current traffic situation just as they would with a personal assistant. And as Sedric drove them to their destination passengers could read a book, take a nap or stay entertained via the windshield which doubled as a large LED screen with augmented reality.

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