An autonomous car that wakes up and greets you could be in your future

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On Thursday, Peugeot, Stellantis’s French automobile brand, unveiled its next-generation electric vehicle — the Inception Concept. This car completely departs from cars as we know them today and does away with a steering wheel entirely. 

The concept vehicle was displayed on stage at CES and boasted an ultra-modern, sleek and futuristic design. 

The Inception Concept can wake up as you approach the car, recognize you, greet you and then automatically adjust the car to your preferred driving settings. 

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The biggest departure from a typical vehicle is the elimination of a cabin. Instead of a cabin which would traditionally hold a driver and a passenger, this vehicle has a “lounge,” which Peugeot CEO Linda Jackson referred to as a living space during the presentation. 

Peugeot Inception Concept interior

Peugeot’s Inception Concept interior with extended fit armchairs

Screenshot by Sabrina Ortiz/ZDNET

This space has an extended-fit armchair and intelligent storage that allows you to bring items that would typically be in your living room, such as a tablet, to the car with you, according to Peugeot.  

“[The vehicle is] no longer a place to Journey from A to B; this is now an inspiring social space, to meet, to greet, create relax and if you wish, drive,” said Jackson. 

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This car also offers significant upgrades to Peugeot’s i-Cockpit with the introduction of the HyperSquare, which replaces your traditional steering wheel and allows drivers to control vehicles using electric controls instead of physically controlling the car with a steering wheel. 

Peugeot Hypersquare on a white background

With the Hypersquare, driving becomes an experience similar to playing a video game in which movements to the controller dictate where the car is actually going. The Hypersquare also retracts into the dashboard in case you want to enjoy a ride and take advantage of the autonomous driving features. 

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