FU­TURE-TYPE built around smart steer­ing wheel Hy­brid tech to hit deal­ers in 2020

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Star­tling show car gives a clue to brand’s au­ton­o­mous fu­ture

JAGUAR has re­vealed a star­tling con­cept car, FU­TURE-TYPE, which pre­views how the Bri­tish brand’s ve­hi­cles could look in an era of au­ton­o­mous tech­nol­ogy.

The new show car, which looks ahead to around 2040, is de­scribed as be­ing a “pre­mium com­pact on-de­mand ve­hi­cle con­cept”, and it ticks all of the auto in­dus­try fu­tur­ol­o­gist boxes, be­ing au­ton­o­mous, al­l­elec­tric and de­signed for car shar­ing.

Cen­tral to the con­cept is a unique steer­ing wheel. Called Sayer – af­ter E-type de­signer Mal­colm Sayer – it’s a re­mov­able unit that uses ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) and voice recog­ni­tion to carry out tasks such as sum­mon­ing the ve­hi­cle.

Car club users would only need to own the wheel to ac­cess any ve­hi­cle com­pat­i­ble with it. Jaguar says that an on-de­mand fleet of FU­TURE-TYPES with vari­a­tions of the 2+1 seat­ing lay­out would en­able users to pick and choose a ve­hi­cle suited to their needs, while the con­cept’s abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with other road users would en­able shorter, safer jour­neys. Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr Ralf Speth has also con­firmed that all of the firm’s new models from 2020 on­wards will of­fer at least one elec­tri­fied vari­ant.

“We will in­tro­duce a port­fo­lio of elec­tri­fied prod­ucts across our model range,” he said, “em­brac­ing fully elec­tric, plug-in hy­brid and mild hy­brid ve­hi­cles.”

“Vari­a­tions of the 2+1 seat­ing lay­out would let users choose a suit­able ve­hi­cle”

FU­TURE-TYPE ditches Jaguar’s cur­rent de­sign cues for a rad­i­cal look

SMART WHEEL New Sayer AI steer­ing wheel is cen­tral to Jaguar’s ride shar­ing con­cept

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