Jaguar’s 2040 vi­sion

Electric 2+1 project shown

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Jaguar has un­veiled the Fu­ture-type, its au­ton­o­mous, electric vi­sion of the car for 2040 and be­yond.

At its heart is an ‘in­tel­li­gent’ steer­ing wheel that, Jaguar sug­gests, could be the only part of a car you own in fu­ture. A driver would take it from car to car, with the wheel able to carry out hun­dreds of tasks.

Called Sayer, af­ter E-type de­signer Mal­colm Sayer, the voice-ac­ti­vated wheel uses speech-recog­ni­tion soft­ware to an­swer ques­tions, con­nect to news, or­gan­ise travel and se­lect en­ter­tain­ment.

Jaguar said the wheel is, in essence, a mem­ber card for its on-de­mand ser­vice club, which would of­fer either sole own­er­ship or car shar­ing.

The Fu­ture-type has 2+1 seat­ing and a nar­row body to op­ti­mise ur­ban driv­ing and park­ing. There is also the op­tion for face-to-face seat­ing in au­ton­o­mous-driv­ing mode.

Jaguar de­sign di­rec­tor Ian Cal­lum de­scribed it as “an ad­vanced re­search project” that of­fered an “in­sight into the po­ten­tial for driv­ing and car own­er­ship in the fu­ture”.

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