FUTURE-TYPE concept – Jaguar’s vision for 2040 and beyond

    • FUTURE-TYPE concept is Jaguar’s vision for an on-demand autonomous vehicle
    • Fully autonomous but driveable, too
    • In a future world of on demand and shared mobility, you may only fully own the steering wheel, not the car itself
    • Jaguar Land Rover explores the future with ‘Sayer’ – the connected, intelligent, steering wheel you can talk to
    • FUTURE-TYPE offers either autonomous or assisted driving because you may still want to enjoy the thrill of driving yourself.
    • Advanced technologies will make for safer driving with a human behind the wheel
    • To maximise the social opportunities offered by autonomous driving, FUTURE-TYPE features face-to-face ‘social’ seating

The Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE is a fully autonomous concept that imagines mobility in a world where Jaguar customers can summon a fully-charged FUTURE-TYPE on-demand. Offering a glimpse into the future, it is a car for a world of autonomous, connected, electric and shared mobility (ACES).

At the heart of the concept is the world’s first intelligent and connected steering wheel. This steering wheel lives at home and becomes owners’s trusted companion. Sayer – named after the designer of the E-type – is the first voice-activated Artificial Intelligence (AI) steering wheel that will be able to carry out hundreds of tasks. It can summon the car, play music, book a table and even knows what’s in the fridge. Sayer signals your membership of our on-demand service club. A club which offers either sole ownership or the option of sharing the car with others in your community, meaning that you need only fully own the steering wheel, not the car itself.

Sayer is the heart of an advanced HMI system that will keep the occupant connected to their world throughout the journey – or not, if they want to be alone and concentrate on the thrill of driving. Occupants can summon information from different orbits of their world and bring them to life through the system.

In the connected world of tomorrow, a fleet of fully-charged FUTURE-TYPEs could be available for customers on-demand. If they are taking their child to school, and only need two seats, they can summon a FUTURE-TYPE with 2+1 social seating, so they can chat face-to-face as the car autonomously drives to their destination using the most time and energy efficient route.

The FUTURE-TYPE will communicate with other cars and use co-operative driving technologies. This collaboration will enable shorter distances between vehicles and make lane changing and exiting from junctions safer and more efficient. This will also increase road capacity and prevent accidents, while the narrow width of FUTURE-TYPE will mean it takes up less space on the road and in car parks.

The driver could ask the FUTURE-TYPE to drive autonomously during the stressful and tedious parts of the journey, such as in heavy traffic or roadworks, or if they prefer to do some work or choose to watch a film. But for the occasions when a driver wants to enjoy the thrill of the open road, the concept retains a steering wheel.

This dual approach will allow drivers to choose either autonomous or assisted driving, with the assisted driver benefiting from the same advanced technologies that allow the FUTURE-TYPE to drive itself. These technologies will work in the background to make driving in the future safer and more enjoyable than ever, with the car always alert and aware of situations developing over the horizon.

Source: JLR