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DON’T LET THE SEAT­ING ca­pac­ity fool you (there are ways around that - stay tuned), the idea is to have on-de­mand shut­tles like SEDRIC pick up the kids, de­liver and re­turn them to school safely, and give par­ents more time to get their shop­ping, wash­ing, cook­ing, clean­ing and Net­flix binges sorted – or so one would think. Or hope.

Although SEDRIC as a con­cept is not new – it de­buted in its orig­i­nal form about a year ago at the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Geneva Mo­tor­show – this school bus version re­cently wowed pun­ters at the Volk­swa­gen Group Night Geneva – Shap­ing the Fu­ture - Ur­ban Mo­bil­ity event, this month.

Ac­cord­ing to the spiel, “The com­pany un­der­scores the im­por­tance of SEDRIC (Self DRIv­ing Car) as the cross-brand ideas plat­form for sus­tain­able, safe, con­ve­nient mo­bil­ity at the touch of a but­ton ... with the ex­te­rior and in­te­rior styling in the School Bus de­sign.”

Volk­swa­gen says it’s made “big strides” in the past year in terms of the de­vel­op­ment of the Self-Driv­ing Sys­tem, but that ar­eas of de­sign, user ex­pe­ri­ence and com­fort con­tinue to progress.

“The ad­vanced de­vel­op­ment of SEDRIC shown at the Volk­swa­gen Group Night Geneva high­lights the as­pi­ra­tion of achiev­ing a form of in­di­vid­ual mo­bil­ity that can be ap­plied any­where and is avail­able to any­one. The lat­est fam­ily mem­ber, the SEDRIC School Bus fol­lows on from the orig­i­nal SEDRIC, SEDRIC 42 and SEDRIC Nightlife.

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