Jaguar introduces Sayer, the steering wheel of the future

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Called Sayer, it is the first voice-activated steering wheel with artificial intelligence and rather than being attached to a single auto at a time, it will be able to work in any Jaguar Land Rover vehicle.

Named Sayer it is the first voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) steering wheel that will be able to carry out hundreds of tasks. "Sayer could signal your membership of our on-demand service club ... even advise which parts of the journey you might enjoy".

It could also be used to connect user's to an on-demand service club where they don't own a single auto but call on one of a range of autonomous electric vehicles.

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The AI would act as a personal assistant and would be able to connect you to an online service where you'd be able to get a vehicle as and when you need one.

For instance, Sayer could remind owners when they need to get up depending on their day's schedule. Sayer would end up being the only part of the vehicle that the individual actually owns. To top it all off, they say we won't even own cars anymore because ridesharing will make so much more sense once the vehicles can navigate on their own.

That's because, come 2040, the car-maker thinks that instead of owning a vehicle you'll be a member of a car-sharing scheme, preferably Jaguar's. It goes without saying that the technology is still in the creative stage and it is a bit doubtful that it will ever reach the production stage. This one may be a detachable steering wheel which has already been considered by Ford which won a patent on a similar concept recently. Safety concerns also come into play as airbags functionalities will have to be taken into account. Concepts with funky seating, novel display technologies and lounge-style suites are popping up, but the idea of a personal, removable steering wheel is new. Jaguar is making assumptions on self-driving cars concerning the likelihood of dedicating artificial intelligence. And for one fortunate man, it just has.

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