Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE Concept is Automaker’s Vision of 2040 and Beyond
Fully autonomous Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE offers seating conducive to social interaction during hands-free trips, but can also be driven on demand.
The online world of automotive news is full of spy shots and leaked media galleries. We all impatiently wait to see what automakers will release a year or two from now. With the FUTURE-TYPE Concept, Jaguar is freely showing us what it has in mind for the year 2040 and later.
Granted, it’s more of a thinking exercise than an actual statement of what a Jaguar will look like 23 years from now. However, it’s designed to function in the world Jaguar envisions existing in 2040, one in which autonomous, connected, electric, and shared vehicles are the norm of transportation. The sculpted “Sayer” steering wheel, which has artificial intelligence and can do things such as tell you what’s in your refrigerator and play music, can be used to summon the fully autonomous, electric FUTURE-TYPE to a customer’s door. The steering wheel will serve as a sign of someone’s membership in Jaguar’s on-demand service club; they may choose to own a FUTURE-TYPE outright or share it with others and only own the steering wheel itself.
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During autonomous drives, FUTURE-TYPE occupants can chat face-to-face with one another in the comfort of the car’s 2+1 seating. When the “driver” is not engaged in conversation, they can pull up information on the different “orbits” of their world, such as work, friends, or family. Or the “driver” can actually drive the FUTURE-TYPE. What a concept. The second they encounter a tedious or boring stretch of road, such as a construction zone or one limited by suburban speeds, they can let the FUTURE-TYPE resume its autonomous duties.
According to Jaguar, “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.”