PEUGEOT has revealed a glimpse into the future of mobility with its Instinct concept, a unique shooting brake which offers the option of fully autonomous driving.
Looking low and lean under the lights at the Geneva motor show, the one-off Instinct concept is powered by a combination of electric motor and petrol engine, offering a combined 300 horsepower.
The car features both Drive and Autonomous modes, giving the driver the choice between an engaging drive and the convenience of a fully autonomous vehicle.
The Instinct is programmed with four distinct driving settings. In Drive mode, drivers can opt for Drive Boost or ‘Drive Relax, and in Autonomous mode they have the option of Autonomous Soft or Autonomous Sharp, balancing comfort and optimised journey times.
On board technology includes an ‘Internet of Things' platform, the Samsung Artik Cloud, which syncs with the user's devices. This enables the car to learn its user's lifestyle and preconfigure its settings - for example, driving mode, seat and interface settings, ambient lighting and audio can all be adapted to the user's routines.
The Instinct can read data from a smart watch and configure its settings to Autonomous Softmode 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 body is designed for maximum fuel efficiency but also to catch the eye. Cameras in each LED headlamp enable the car to scan the road ahead and communicate with the driving assistance systems.
However, the driver remains fully in control at all times and is able to determine whether they have a hands-on or autonomous drive.