Peugeot has revealed its fully-autonomous Instinct Concept with a plug-in powertrain, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The Shooting Brake develops 300PS and promises drivers the option of an engaging drive or fully autonomous driving.
On board technology includes an Internet of Things platform, the Samsung Artik Cloud, which syncs with the driver’s devices. This enables the car to learn its user’s lifestyle and preconfigure its settings – for example, driving mode, seat and interface settings, ambient lighting and audio can all be adapted seamlessly to the user’s routines.
It can read data from a smartwatch and configure its settings to give the driver a relaxing ride home after a trip to the gym. Or, through the synchronisation of the driver’s diary and the vehicle navigation system, the driver is prompted to set off for an appointment 15 minutes earlier, to allow for the traffic and weather conditions at that time of day.
Externally, the body has been designed for maximum fuel efficiency. There are cameras in each LED headlamp which enable the car to scan the road ahead and communicate with the driving assistance systems.
Inside is an evolved version of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit interior architecture, which can switch between being a focused driving environment or a comfortable lounge space.
When in Autonomous mode, the steering wheel and toggle switch panel fold into the dashboard and the accelerator pedal folds back into the pedal unit to maximise space.
“The autonomous future is happening now, and the Peugeot Instinct demonstrates how this can still be driven by a passion for brilliant design and driving pleasure.”
“Instinct is an uncompromised vehicle in every respect, from its elegant looks, performance and efficiency to its unique interior and intelligent technology, it is a unique proposition,” said David Peel, managing director at Peugeot UK.