Peugeot INSTINCT offers a glimpse into an autonomous future

Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Peugeot INSTINCT PHEV Concept offers a hints at the technological advances Peugeot have underway.  These include a fully autonomous mode and a new ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) platform from Samsung, the Artik Cloud, which syncs with the user’s devices.

This intelligent technology means the car can adapt to match certain behaviours. For example, it can read data from the drivers smartwatch and configure its settings to ‘Autonomous’ mode to give the driver a relaxing ride home after a trip to the gym. Or, through the synchronisation of the driver’s diary and the vehicle navigation system, the driver is prompted to set off for an appointment 15 minutes earlier, to allow for the traffic and weather conditions at that time of day.

Externally, the aerodynamic, sculpted Shooting Brake body is designed for maximum fuel efficiency whilst remains very eye catching.  Whilst inside the design evolves the award-winning Peugeot i-Cockpit interior architecture with a highly tactile, adaptable cabin, which switches from being a focused driving environment to a comfortable lounge space.  When in ‘Autonomous’ mode, the trademark compact steering wheel and toggle switch panel fold into the dashboard and the accelerator pedal folds back into the pedal unit to maximise space in the luxurious interior.

In both ‘Drive’ and ‘Autonomous’ modes, the driver retains control over the vehicle via the i-Device, which sits next to the 9.7” screen in the centre console. The i-Device enables the driver to switch between modes so they can take action, like overtaking the car in front.

David Peel, Managing Director at PEUGEOT UK commented:

“The autonomous future is happening now, and PEUGEOT INSTINCT demonstrates how this can still be driven by a passion for brilliant design and driving pleasure.  INSTINCT is an uncompromised vehicle in every respect, from its elegant looks, performance and efficiency to its unique interior and intelligent technology, it is a unique proposition.”

The Founder of driveEV. A driving and new technology fan enjoying learning all about the future of motoring. I drive a BMW i3.