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Peugeot Instinct concept shows off company’s autonomous future

Monday 27 February 2017, By Autovolo

Peugeot Instinct concept shows off company’s autonomous future

Peugeot Instinct concept shows off company’s autonomous future

Peugeot’s new Instinct concept has been unveiled, giving a glimpse into the future of the company’s cars.

It’s a plug-in hybrid that can make 295bhp and gives the driver the choice of two modes – Drive and Autonomous.

With the ‘Drive’ mode, motorists can choose between ‘Drive Boost’ or ‘Drive Relax’ settings, which adjust how the car responds to the driver’s inputs. In ‘Autonomous’ mode there are two more settings called ‘Autonomous Soft’ and ‘Autonomous Sharp’.

The car can also sync with an owner’s smartphone to tailor the driving experience to their schedule. For example, if they have just been to the gym, the car will default to a relaxing mode.

The interior is fully configurable, too. When in autonomous mode, the steering wheel, toggle switch panel and accelerator pedal all retract to give the passengers more space. The driver’s seat can fold into a horizontal position to let the person behind the wheel take a break as the car drives itself.

Matthias Hossann, Head of Peugeot Concept Cars, said: “With the Peugeot Instinct Concept and its Responsive i-Cockpit, we are building on the factors that have made the brand’s latest models so successful. We are creating new forms of driving pleasure. These may come from the interfaces, the architecture or the styling. There is no reason why a self-driving car should be dull to look at or to experience.”