Chery self-driving SUV concept allows drivers to play games behind the wheel

Chinese car maker Chery has shown off a concept self-driving SUV that allows drivers to play video games while the car is in its autonomous driving mode. 

Revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Tiggo Coupe Concept has a typically sharp design found in most concept cars set to be translated into a full road-worthy vehicles in the near-future, while under the bonnet it has a petrol-electric hybrid engine set to propel the SUV to 62mph in six seconds, with the top speed clocked at 124mph.

Those specs are rather run-of-the-mill for a PHEV SUV, but the more interesting stuff for tech fans can be found with the Tiggo Coupe Concept’s autonomous driving system, which teases tech that allows for the steering wheel to be folded into a games controller while the car drives itself.

With this “multifunctional interactive steering wheel” drivers can then play games, presumably on the digital dash or tablet-esque infotainment display shown in interior concept designs.

Details on how this in-car gaming will work are thin on the ground, but Chery already has plans to bring its Tiggo SUV over to the US and European markets, with the Tiggo 5x and Tiggo 7 models, which will see Chery makes its first proper debut in the car market outside of China.

The Tiggo 5x and Tiggo 7 cars won’t be stuffed with the same level of tech the Coupe Concept is presenting, but they will still come loaded with full LED headlights, fancy chrome fascias and bumpers, and a suite of smart connectivity features. Exact release dates were not revealed by Chery, but we can expect to see more of the Chinese car maker in Europe the coming years.

With driverless car development well on its way to true fully autonomous vehicles, more rolling off the production line and being conjured as concepts by engineers are likely to have some form of self-driving tech, whether that means park assistance features or full driverless systems.

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