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The Volkswagen Group has taken us from the Beetle to the Golf and it soon might take us somewhere very, very boring with the new Sedric concept car. This pod-like hi-tech vision of future mobility doesn’t even have a steering wheel, thanks to its Level 5 autonomous driving systems, and is the strongest statement yet from the company’s Together Strategy 2025. The Sedric is crammed with the thinking Volkswagen believes it will need to transform itself from an engineering-driven automaker into an integrated mobility services organisation. It’s even got its own division to oversee the transfer, imaginatively dubbed the Mobility Services division, and it has played a large part in the four-seat Sedric’s development. Unveiled at a limited-access media presentation prior to the Geneva motor show, the Sedric is a different kind of prototype for the Volkswagen Group. Instead of building new hardware pieces and swapping them in, the Sedric allows all the group’s brands to explore how their mo...

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