Opinion: the Peugeot e-Legend concept is the acceptable face of autonomous driving

The Peugeot e-Legend and the 504 coupe The French producer's beautiful, retro-inspired e-Legend is unlikely to make it to manufacturing, which is an precise shame I’m afraid I've to be the bearer of unhealthy info: Peugeot has no plans to make a producing mannequin of the completely beautiful, 504 coupé-inspired e-Legend Concept – although the company’s design chief Gilles Vidal admitted to us that he’d “wish to”. I’d love the company to, as successfully. I feel you may too. Within the occasion you strip out powertrain, autonomous driving experience and attention-grabbing future-looking inside, the e-Legend concept is a fantastically styled automotive. It’s splendidly retro, however moreover modern and stylish. To my eyes, it has as rather a lot American muscle automotive about it as fashionable French coupé.  It seems similar to the type of automotive you really have to drive. By in search of to the earlier for inspiration, nonetheless with out getting caught up in full-on retro pastiche, Peugeot has made the long term look cool.  Which is notable, since an horrible lot of self-driving concepts don’t. Quite a few such machines take the kind of minimalist driverless pods, accompanied by quite a few talk about ‘mobility’. They’re worthy, and important, and attention-grabbing. And, positive, such machines will in the end be part of our future.  Nonetheless they overlook one key half: quite a few people love automobiles. Plenty of people love driving automobiles. And plenty of folks – and I’d take into consideration this consists of most of you – don’t really need to consider a future with out automobiles that you just not solely can drive, nonetheless have to drive. Vidal knowledgeable me that Peugeot’s goal with the e-Legend is to point out that autonomous electrical automobiles can nonetheless be fashionable, dynamic and pleasurable. Job carried out. If that's the manner ahead for autonomous driving, rely me in (as an aside, Peugeot is just not alone in relying on the importance of drivers: BMW's progress chief not too way back said the company will not ever produce a automotive with no steering wheel). Truly, the job may even be carried out a bit bit too successfully, on account of the e-Legend is unquestionably too fashionable to easily be an concept. Not solely that, nonetheless in case you stripped out that future tech and launched a automotive with that design onto the market proper this second, I really feel Peugeot could possibly be onto a winner. It can perhaps be really good with a thundering, American-style V8 engine in, although in a world shifting within the route of electrification and low-emissions, that could possibly be a step too far.  Nonetheless, it doesn't matter what engine was used, if Peugeot could make a producing mannequin of the e-Legend that was wherever shut to almost pretty much as good to drive because it's to check out, I reckon it may be onto a winner.  Which is why it's unhealthy info that there are no plans to assemble one. Nonetheless, Vidal and his workforce are clearly very proud of the e-Legend concept, and likewise you sense that, if a enterprise case might probably be made, there's a slim chance a producing mannequin – or one factor close to it – could happen. Perhaps if all of us ask correctly. So, go on Peugeot, it's essential to. Please… Be taught further Peugeot unveils e-Legend Concept ahead of Paris motor current BMW: our automobiles will on a regular basis have a steering wheel Peugeot opinions on Autocar