Peugeot Previews Self-Driving Future With Stunning Concept

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Set to be on display at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Peugeot Instinct Concept features autonomous driving technology.

Like many other automakers, Peugeot is working towards a self-driving future and the new Instinct Concept demonstrates the progress Peugeot has made.

With a plug-in hybrid powertrain offering 300 horsepower, the Peugeot Instinct Concept offers the best of both worlds with “Drive” and “Autonomous” modes. On board technology includes an “Internet of Things” platform and the Samsung Artik Cloud, which syncs with the user’s devices. This allows the concept to learn its user’s lifestyle and preconfigure its settings like driving mode, seat and interface settings, ambient lighting and audio can all be adapted seamlessly to the user’s routines.

To illustrate how the technology all works, imagine the car reading data from a smartwatch and configuring its settings to “Autonomous Soft” mode so the driver can have a relaxing ride home after going to the gym. The car can also read a calendar and combined with its navigation system, warn the driver to leave earlier for an appointment if there’s traffic.

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But its the low, sweeping profile of the Peugeot Instinct Concept that will gather the crowd in Geneva. There are cameras in each LED headlight that enables the car to scan the road ahead and communicate with the driver assistance systems. On the inside, Peugeot has developed what it calls the Responsive i-Cockpit that reacts when switched between Drive and Autonomous modes. When the concept is in Autonomous mode, the compact steering wheel and toggle switch panel fold into the dash and the gas pedal folds back into the pedal unit to maximize space.

“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,” said Matthias Hossann, head of Peugeot Concept Cars. “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.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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