Autonomous Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE concept revealed

Tomas Mccoy
September 8, 2017

Also on display is the electric Jaguar E-Type Zero, an electric version of the company's iconic sports auto.

JLR also showcased its vision for the vehicle of 2040 and beyond.

A quick look inside the cockpit and the traditional seats and over-sized steering wheel are joined by a modern automatic gearbox and a touchscreen display - ensuring you have 21st century infotainment at your fingertips.

It has all the familiar curves, but there's one crucial difference: yes, Jaguar has unveiled an electric version of its iconic E-Type.

Jaguar Land Rover has joined an increasing list of auto companies to confirm that all new products launched after 2020 will feature some form of electrification. That's either fully electric, plug-in hybrid or "mild" hybrid.

Jaguar says the steering wheel could be the only part of a auto people own in the future as the industry moves toward autonomous cars for hire.

"With the Future-Type", explains Jaguar's Ian Callum, "we've been investigating how we can keep this emotional connection in a future world where people may choose not to own a auto, or when a Jaguar is an autonomous, on-demand vehicle". Actually the vehicle being showed off by Jaguar in London is a restored 1.5 Roadster.

The concept was launched as the marque's parent company, Jaguar Land Rover, vowed to go electric-only from 2020.

Jaguar have put on a whole event in the United Kingdom dedicated to tech - their inaugural Tech-Fest and they've kicked it off with two big bits of news, and I'm not sure which I'm more excited about. "We're looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market." says Hannig.

Underscoring the electric shift, Jaguar will start selling the I-Pace battery-powered SUV next year.

The luxury vehicle maker claims the Sayer concept is the first voice-activated artificial-intelligence steering wheel capable of carrying out hundreds of tasks. It's yet to make a concrete decision on the matter, so until that happens it's unclear where the vehicle manufacturer plans to construct the rest of its electric auto range. That's pretty quick by most standards, and 0.1 seconds faster than the expected 0 to 60 of the Tesla Model 3.

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