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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”
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