The Peugeot Instinct shooting brake concept, which presented the French brand’s future autonomous plans, has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
Peugeot concept designer Matthias Hossann said that although this model does not make production, the intention was to create a car “that didn’t look like a UFO” and was actually usable as a family vehicle. It has four seats and interior space similar to that of the 308 hatchback, Hossann added.
The Instinct shows Peugeot autonomous intentions for the first time. Last year, product chief Laurent Blanchent said the Bus that was going to introduce a higher level of autonomy through its range by 2020, and confirmed that the technology was going to work on the car manufacturer’s existing platforms.
In a reveal event that the Instinct ahead of its Geneva debut, Peugeot’s strategy chief Aude Shine reinforced this, confirming that the stand-alone versions of their models would not be built on a separate platform.
Peugeot: fully autonomous cars by 2025
The Instinct of displays of the technology related to the level of five of the autonomy – the highest level of autonomy in a car – which means that it can be equal to a human driver in each scenario. Shine said she hoped to see this technology coming to the cars of Peugeot for the year 2025, a timeline that is in line with the plans of other large car manufacturers, such as Volkswagen and Mercedes.
The Instinct is the intention to keep the driving pleasure, according to Hossann. “You can decide to drive, or you can decide to sleep or read,” he said.
With that in mind, the Instinct offers two driving modes for autonomy: ‘Soft’, that is you can select if you want to read in comfort, and ‘Sharp’ if you want more of a dynamic journey. Hossann said that, for example, you can download software so that someone like the WRC, and touring car legend Sébastien Loeb could practically drive to work.
There are also two modes of driving: ‘Relax’ and ‘Boost’, the latter of which would be the more attractive of the unit behind the wheel.
The presentation of a future generation of Peugeot i-Cockpit interior design, the Instinct has a holographic screen behind the wheel that displays information such as vehicle speed and battery level, a large screen in the center console and an even larger screen in the front part of the passenger dashboard. As with other recent autonomous vehicle concepts such as the vehicle ID, the steering wheel can retract. A called the i-Device along the center console of the screen allows the driver to command the car.
The information displayed on the screens, seat positions, lighting and sound options changes depending on the driving mode chosen.
The connectivity allows the car to lock the door of your house
The Instinct also shows the possibilities of the Internet of Things. Working with Samsung and its so-called Artik cloud, the cloud connects to the devices used every day by the driver and the aggregates of data. This can come from smart watches, smart phones and social networks as well as the connection to the devices in the home such as a smart television, heating system or fridge.
This information can then be sorted to help the user. For example, to start the engine of your car and your house doors could automatically lock; your smartwatch knows that you are very tired after a gym session, so that the vehicle switches to Autonomous mode Soft; your car knows that not getting enough exercise yesterday, so it is suggested that you park a little further away from your destination, to help you stay in shape.
The Instinct uses a 300 hp plug-in hybrid powertrain, while Hossann said that there is a great focus on efficiency and aerodynamics on the design of the shooting brake. Aerodynamic features, including a spoiler, active and a active air of the blade, which is displayed above 56mph to offer greater downforce. There is also an integrated air duct along the length of the Instinct, allowing the air to flow within a narrow tunnel that goes through the front and rear doors and the rear of the wheel arch.
There is also a striking front grille, to a large extent printed in 3D, and hit the lights front and rear. The front LED can incorporate a camera in its design that you can send information to the systems of driving assistance. This design element is one that, according to Hossann, it is more likely to reach production in the short term.
“We would like to integrate this function in the future. We would like something as simple as possible for our radar of cameras that can be integrated into the design,” he said.