Jaguar Plans to Build a Steering Wheel You Could Speak To
In the future there will likely be fleets of self-driving cars, keeping roadways safe and free of human error.
And if the technology proves to be as reliable and trustworthy as many hope, it's just as likely that many of the car manufacturers producing these autonomous vehicles will do away with steering wheels. But, if this is not the case, Jaguar thinks steering wheels have the potential not to disappear from society but, rather, transform into somewhat of a personal assistant. Not unlike Alexa or Google Home.
Jaguar hopes that their smart steering wheel, named Sayer, will act as a "trusted companion." As an example of how it might function realistically, Jaguar questioned:
This "steering wheel," shaped like a rounded rectangle, could be an artificially intelligent extension of other devices, allowing you to stay connected through your vehicle.
Now, coming from Jaguar, this strangely-shaped AI "wheel" would ultimately be as stylish as it is functional. Named after Malcolm Sayer, a renowned designer for the brand from the mid-20th century, Sayer could explore the realm of luxury AI. The device has been likened to a butler, assisting with just about everything that a robot assistant might. This capability combined with the smooth, futuristic design could make AI a more appealing, luxury pursuit.
It might seem strange at first, but K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider also had a strangely shaped, futuristic steering wheel. If that's not definitive proof that this concept will prove to be successful, nothing is. So, as our cars become electric, autonomous vehicles of the future, it is interesting to consider the potential of a steering wheel you can ask favors of.