Jaguar's Future-Type Concept Previews the Driving Experience in 2040

Basically, all you'll own is the steering wheel.

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As cars gain autonomous-driving capability and ride sharing becomes the new normal, it seems that those of us who enjoy driving and owning our very own cars will be left out in the cold. Or will we? Looking out to the year 2040, Jaguar’s Future-Type concept previews a car that can go about its duties completely autonomously or be controlled by a driver. It also can be used as a ride-sharing platform or purchased outright by an individual. The choice is yours.

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Operating the Future-Type concept is done via a removable, voice-activated steering wheel that has artificial intelligence. Dubbed Sayer (after Malcolm Sayer, designer of the E-type), the AI steering wheel serves as the key to the Future-Type. Consumers simply looking for a ride-sharing service need only purchase the Sayer steering wheel and not the Future-Type car itself. Ownership of the steering wheel opens up consumers to the world of Jaguar’s ride-sharing program, as Sayer will be able to call up a fully charged Future-Type to pick up users at a moment’s notice. Alternatively, Jaguar notes that privately-owned Future-Types will be able to moonlight in the Sayer ride-sharing industry.

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Regardless, Jaguar states that all Future-Types, whether privately owned or used for ride-sharing duties, will offer seating for three. The seats can be arranged in a number of ways, which includes letting passengers sit face-to-face. Should a passenger want to take control of the vehicle, the Future-Type allows a driver to grab the Sayer wheel and serve as captain of the ship. Nevertheless, Jaguar foresees the Future-Type’s various autonomous functions continuing to play a role in this mode in order to limit potential accidents.

While Jaguar isn’t releasing specifications for the Future-Type, the brand calls it compact and notes that it possesses a narrow width. Combined with its long wheelbase, the Future-Type promises a small footprint to ease urban driving but also a sizable cabin that ensures passenger comfort.

Whether the Future-Type will ever see the light of day is doubtful. However, we suspect the concept’s innovative ideas, such as the ability to purchase the car as a whole or to simply shell out money for a proverbial key to access the car for ride-sharing purposes (in this case the Sayer steering wheel), could well be applied to future Jaguar models. Frankly, though, we’re just hoping that cars will still come with a steering wheel in the year 2040.

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