Jaguar Land Rover has revealed an intelligent and connected steering wheel, which it imagines will be the only part of the car people will own in years to come.
Sayer – the name Jaguar has given to its steering wheel concept – is the first voice-activated, artificial intelligence (AI) steering wheel that will be able to carry out hundreds of tasks, and has been explored as part of Jaguar’s ‘FUTURE-TYPE’ project, which will explore mobility in 2040 and beyond.
“Need to be at a meeting two hours away from home by 8am tomorrow? Simply ask Sayer from the comfort of your living room and it will work out when you get up, when a car needs to autonomously arrive at your door and even advise which parts of the journey you might enjoy driving yourself,” reads a press release from Jaguar.
Alongside Sayer, Jaguar also imagines a on-demand service club that will replace the traditional model of car ownership.
Jaguar describes the on-demand service club as offering ‘drivers’ either sole ownership or the option of sharing the car with other people signed up for the service.
“Imagine a future of autonomous, connected and electric cars where you don’t own a single car, but instead call upon the vehicle of your choice where and when you need it. That’s a future vision Jaguar Land Rover is exploring with Sayer, the connected steering wheel that could be the only part of the car you own,” said Jaguar.
Regardless of Jaguar’s vision of a connected steering wheel that connects to any car, there has been much debate as to whether driverless cars of the future will need a steering wheel at all.
Last month, Ford was granted a patent for a car with a fully removable steering wheel and foot pedals, which Ford said could become optional extras in future.
The worry with equipping driverless cars with a steering wheel is that it could encourage drivers to switch between automatic and manual driving, and the time it takes to comfortably transition between these two states could lead to accidents occurring.
Jaguar Land Rover will reveal its Sayer steering wheel at Tech Fest, which will take place at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. The exhibition is open to public from Friday 8 September until Sunday 10 September.