At the "Volkswagen Summit" at CEBIT 2018, Johann Jungwirth (formerly at Apple and now Chief Digital Officer at VW) shared his vision for the future of mobility, providing an insight into where the brand is set to go next and what this will mean for road users. At the heart of this vision is SEDRIC, which is an acronym for "self-driving car". Its latest incarnation is a stylish surfer van that celebrated its world premiere at CEBIT 2018. "For us, the future of mobility is as a service," Jungwirth says of this special configuration. The key idea here is for different versions of SEDRIC to take its users from A to B "quicker, cheaper and more conveniently".
The standard version of SEDRIC has space for four people, sitting opposite each other. A transparent display in the interior delivers both vehicle-specific information and on-board entertainment/infotainment, including films, news and video games. But that's not all - SEDRIC can also function as an office, a fitness studio or even a party venue. Meanwhile, the SEDRIC Active showcased at CEBIT is perfect for outdoor sports enthusiasts. On a canoe trip, for instance, it can bring passengers to the starting point of their tour - and while everyone is having fun in the water, SEDRIC can drive itself to the finishing point to collect the participants and their equipment again. Fans of technology and watersports alike may well be wondering when they can expect to try this out themselves. After all, implementing a vision of this kind can sometimes take a while. But Jungwirth is optimistic that at least in the United States, this vision could become a reality "within two to three years" - followed by the Asian market and Europe.