Peugeot says self-driving cars like its e-Legend can be more than pods

The e-Legend Peugeot concept car is about transforming the interior space.
The e-Legend Peugeot concept car is about transforming the interior space.

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French car maker Peugeot doesn’t think the future of self-driving cars has to look like sci-fi-inspired pods. 

Instead, a design executive said this week he thinks car design could even be pleasant and alluring, since “there’s a danger the future might be very robotic and might lack soul.”

Peugeot introduced its own vision of future car design at the Paris Auto Show, which wraps up Sunday. The e-Legend is an electric, autonomous concept vehicle. Its design comes from vintage cars as an ironic twist on its driverless capabilities.

The car has two self-driving modes: soft and sharp. The first is the simplest version of the car, with a retractable steering wheel and minimal screens, while the other transforms the car into a connected space for you to get online, do work, be active on social media, or play games on the built-in video game console all while the car drives itself.

The electric battery has a 372-mile range and can power the car to go up to 135 mph.

But remember, this car is just an idea and isn’t in production.

Although this concept car still very much looks like a car, it’s what’s on the inside that means more once autonomous cars are more commonplace. Volvo recently put out its idea of what a self-driving car can become and it’s perfect for a nap.

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