Peugeot's Instinct Concept will connect all of your things
28 Février 2017 - Autoblog
Peugeot created a perfect storm of automotive buzzwords with its new Instinct Concept.
Set to be revealed next week at the Geneva Motor Show, the concept wins enthusiast points for its shooting-brake styling. The long-roof body also features huge rear fenders and a deep, aggressive grille. There's even the hint of a double-bubble roof line.
Under the car guy-friendly body are buckets of autonomy and connectivity. One of the unique points of the Instinct Concept is that it's an autonomous car that very clearly is designed to accommodate people who love to drive, too. It features a pair of human-controlled driving modes, as well as a pair vehicle-controlled driving modes. The two modes that rely on the meat in the seat are the Driving Boost and Driving Relax modes. Starting with the Relax mode, the car will implement the full array of semi-autonomous assists available, such as lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Boost mode, on the other hand, is meant for brisk backroads driving, and while Peugeot doesn't say specifically what changes, we assume it reduces the intervention of electronic safety nets and sharpens the steering and suspension.
The autonomous modes are divided similarly. The first version is Autonomous Sharp, and it's designed to find the fastest route to take for when you're commuting or in any other rush. The second is Autonomous Soft, and this mode is designed to make the journey relaxing. Peugeot suggests that it might take a longer route to give you time to watch a movie or read a book. And of course, since this car offers both autonomous and human-controlled driving, the interior has a fancy retractable wheel and pedals.
Finally, the Instinct Concept adds connectivity and invokes the power of the cloud and access to the Internet of Things. Specifically, the car can connect with Samsung's ARTIK cloud, which allows the car to pull data from your various devices to allow for streaming music from location to location, and information on favorite destinations. Peugeot also says that you'll be able to control your house from the car, for instance, you can lock the doors to the house.
Where this starts to go from cool to slightly creepy is when the car starts advising you how to live your life. Peugeot's press release describes a typical couple of days for an Instinct owner. The first day it will advise you to leave a few minutes earlier due to traffic and weather. Later, because it knows you're working out, it will drive gently to relax you. But because you didn't exercise enough, it'll tell you that you should do more walking the following day. Regardless, the Instinct is an attractive looking concept and offers an interesting look at how cars might be in the future.