Peugeot’s Instinct Concept “is a car that understands you”

Ever dreamed of owning a car that offers complete peace-of-mind with full awareness of its surroundings?

Brian Joss – A car that understands you, that knows you so well that it can foresee your every wish? A car that is in true harmony with you? A car that delivers a seamless, straightforward experience? Peugeot has approached this concept with a single watchword: freedom. Freedom to choose your driving mode and the accompanying sensations. Freedom of movement. The outcome is Peugeot Instinct Concept.

The Peugeot-G17-Coupole: connecting the car with your cloud.
Picture: Motorpress

“A Peugeot that offers something different, that has its own vibe. Our customers can vouch for this, the success of the new Peugeot 3008 proves it, and the same will be true of the self-driving car in the future. That vibe has a name –  freedom,” says Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Peugeot. Samsung Artiktm Cloud enables easy and transparent interaction between connected devices and services, freeing users from having to worry about the underlying technology. Designing a self-driving car is an exciting challenge. There are two opposing concepts –  active driving and autonomous mode –  and our job is to bring them together, with one clear objective:

maintaining the enjoyment and arousing emotions. Peugeot Instinct is the first self-driving concept that keeps driving pleasure in mind. Gilles Vidal, Head of Styling at Peugeot. It  was designed with a single watchword in mind: freedom. Freedom to choose your driving mode, freedom of movement, interconnected freedom. The concept fulfills its user’s desires and requirements.

For the first time ever, a car comes with a functional on-board platform, that connects the car with the user’s cloud.

It  operates in total harmony with the full range of connected devices to create a brand-new approach to mobility. The vehicle integrates the data that the user wants to share with it from their smartphone, smartwatch or home automation systems and  offers four ways of getting around: two active driving modes (Drive Boost or Drive Relax) and two self-driving modes (Autonomous Sharp or Autonomous Soft).

The responsive i-Cockpit reinterprets the passenger compartment to meet the needs of the self-driving vehicle. The interfaces can be configured – before, during and after use –  according to the mode selected and the user’s profile. The driver retains control in all circumstances. In Autonomous mode, drivers can give a command or make a manoeuvre via the i-Device on the central console.

Connected devices and services have become extensions of ourselves. At Peugeot, we have integrated this technology into our cars in increasingly simple and ergonomic ways, offering our clients a relaxed, empowering and wholly unprecedented driving experience. One that puts our clients in control of their own mobility, granting them complete autonomy. Aude Brille, head of strategy at Peugeot.

The Samsung Artiktm Cloud for the Internet of Things (IoT)  connects the devices they use every day and aggregates the data. That data comes from items such as smartwatches, smartphones and social media. It can even connect to your home to communicate with your smart television, audio streaming, home assistant, PC and other devices. The car itself is a valuable source of information because it is with us throughout our day and knows our regular journeys, favourite places and how we drive.

For example, Monday, 7:45 am: You set off for your 8:30 appointment fifteen minutes earlier than usual. Taking weather and traffic conditions into account, your car’s navigation system and your diary have synchronised and suggested you leave home fifteen minutes earlier if you want to be on time.

Once inside the car, the FocalL hi-fi system starts playing the track you were listening to at home. When you start the engine, your house doors are automatically locked.

Tuesday, 9 pm:  You’re very tired after your session at the gym. Your Peugeot concept is aware of this thanks to your smartwatch and so switches to Autonomous Soft mode. You can take some rest during the journey back home. As you approach your house, the outside lights come on to light up your driveway.

Friday, 2 pm: The journey to your next appointment includes a section on the motorway and a winding local road. The motorway part is covered in Autonomous Sharp mode. Then, knowing that you enjoy a dynamic drive, the car switches itself to Drive Boost mode when you join the local road.

For the user, the car offers an unprecedented smooth driving experience. The vehicle environment has been designed to make every journey easier. The car preconfigures a range of features: driving mode, seat and interface settings, ambient lighting, hi-fi system, and so on. However, the driver remains fully in charge, able to choose between a manual drive or letting the car do the work in Autonomous mode. The four modes available allow for particularly precise management. Drive Boost is designed for a dynamic drive. Drive Relax uses the ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance Systems ) to assist the driver. This includes features such as automatic main beam switching or the active cruise control. Autonomous Soft mode is for comfort.

The journeys may be a little longer, giving you time to watch a film, read or simply rest. Finally, Autonomous Sharp optimises journey times with precise, efficient road handling.

The concepts presented to date have given the self-driving car quite an elitist image. It is seen as a top-of-the-range product, designed entirely with the driver in mind. PEUGEOT’ s vision is radically different.

Self-driving must enable as many people as possible to benefit. With this in mind, we have created an innovative, adaptive interior architecture, the Responsive i-Cockpit.

The Responsive i-Cockpit gives each passenger their own individual space, even on-board a compact vehicle. To make sure everyone is comfortable, the seats take inspiration from aeronautic design. The structures and areas that come into contact with the body –  seat base, seat back and headrest – are all treated individually. The base is enhanced with aluminium and remains fixed. The back, however, is mobile, pivoting around the transversal Y axis.

The occupant is free to select the position they like –  horizontal if they want to rest, upright to drive or in-between to watch a film or work.

Passengers can all communicate with the car via  a chatbot, a speech-driven personal assistant offering a vast array of services. For example, you can use naturally expressed commands to book cinema seats or buy online. The materials also incite you to make the most of this extra free time. The floor is finished with a thin concrete layer that has a silky feel, inviting you to slip off your shoes and relax.

In the near future, there will be two sides to Peugeot driving pleasure.

Enjoy a dynamic drive or, alternatively, make the most of some extra free time.

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