Peugeot Instinct: High-tech beauty and brains

⦁ Peugeot unveils autonomous Instinct concept
⦁ ‘Autonomous’ or ‘Drive’ with 263kW PHEV powertrain
⦁ Intelligent technology ‘learns’ driver’s lifestyle
PEUGEOT INSTINCT: Super-high tech from France Image: Peugeot / Newspress
PEUGEOT INSTINCT: Super-high tech from France. Image: Peugeot / Newspress
PEUGEOT has revealed a glimpse of mobility’s future with its Instinct station wagon concept that’s capable of being driven normally or left to full autonomous control. It was unveiled in Spain with a 263kW petrol/hybrid electric drive.
      The car, the French automaker told The Corner in a media release, has several driving settings:
     ‘Drive’ mode: Drivers can opt for ‘Drive Boost’ or ‘Drive Relax’
    ‘Autonomous’ mode: Allows ‘Autonomous Soft’ or ‘Autonomous Sharp’, balancing comfort against journey time
PEUGEOT INSTINCT: Super-high tech from France Image: Peugeot / Newspress
PEUGEOT INSTINCT: Super-high tech from France. Image: Peugeot / Newspress
More tech includes an ‘Internet of Things’ platform which synchs with the user’s devices. “This,” Peugeot says, “enables the car to learn its user’s lifestyle and pre-configure its settings – for example drive mode, seat and interface settings, ambient lighting and audio.
     For example, the system can read data from a Smartwatch and configure its settings to ‘Autonomous Soft’ mode to give the driver a relaxing ride home after a trip to the gym.
      Or, through synchronising the driver’s diary with the vehicle’s satnav can remind the driver while giving itself time to make the journey allowing for prevailing traffic and weather.
     The sculpted body has minimised fuel consumption while also “catching the eye”. It also houses a camera in each headlight to scan the road/road signs and communicate with driver-assistance systems.
      “Nevertheless,” Peugeot says, “the driver remains fully in control at all times and is able to determine whether they have a hands-on or autonomous drive.”
PEUGEOT INSTINCT: Super-high tech from France Image: Peugeot / Newspress
PEUGEOT INSTINCT: Super-high tech from France. Image: Peugeot / Newspress
      The Peugeot i-Cockpit is described as “highly tactile, adaptable, and able to switche from a focused driving environment to a comfortable lounge”.
      The Responsive i-Cockpit reacts when switching between ‘Drive’ and ‘Autonomous’ to create the most suitable environment for the situation. In Autonomous, the Peugeot compact steering-wheel, toggle-switch panel and accelerator pedal folds away.
TALK TO THE CAR – USE A ‘CHATBOT’
      In either ‘Drive’ and ‘Autonomous’ the driver retains control over the vehicle through an i-Device next to a 25cm screen in the centre console. This allows the driver to switch modes so they can take action, such as overtaking.
      Each passengers can, from an individual seat/bed, communicate with the vehicle through a chatbot, a speech-driven personal assistant that has a large number of services, including booking cinema tickets or making online purchases.
PEUGEOT INSTINCT: Super-high tech from France Image: Peugeot / Newspress
PEUGEOT INSTINCT: Super-high tech from France. Image: Peugeot / Newspress
      Cabin materials, Peugeot says, were selected for their feeling; the floor covering to give a smooth feel with “outstanding durability and a contemporary feel”.
      Matthias Hossann, head of Peugeot concept cars, told The Corner in a media release:      “We’re building on factors that have made our most recent (Feb 2017) models so successful and creating new forms of driving pleasure.
      “These may come from the interfaces, the architecture or the styling. There is no reason why a self-driving car should be dull to look at or to experience.”
      Luc Julia, vice-president for innovation at Samsung Electronics, added: “Samsung Artik Cloud alows easy and transparent interaction between connected devices and services so users don’t have to worry about underlying technology.
     “Together, the Instinct and Samsung cloud are delivering on the vision of the connected car.”
ELEGANT LOOKS, UNIQUE INTERIOR
      David Peel, Peugeot UK’s MD, commented: “The autonomous future is happening and the Instinct demonstrates how this can still be driven by a passion for brilliant design and driving pleasure.
     “This car is uncompromised – from elegant looks through performance and efficiency to its unique interior and intelligent technology It’s a unique proposition.”
  •      The Peugeot Instinct Concept will be on display at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona until March 2 2017.
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