The electric urban coupé that is the Peugeot Fractal has revealed an upcoming design of the Peugeot i Cockpit. The system allows the driver to explore their sense of hearing aside from the use of the touch and sight senses. This results in an on-board experience unmatched by making driving more instinctive than it already is. This innovative design is a '9.1.2' system that combines the high-quality 9.1 set-up having 13 speakers and features tactile bass systems constructed in the rear of each seat.
The system was designed with the partnership of StelLab, which is the research unit of PSA Peugeot Citroen, and Focal, the French leader when it comes to electroacoustic sound systems. The reason why the '9.1.2' system enables more instinctive driving is that it allows information to be enhanced by making use of acoustics. This extra feature is exemplified by what is known as the “dynamisation” and “spatialisation” of sound.
Furthermore, in collaboration with Amon Tobin, the identity for the Peugeot Fractal’s exterior and interior was developed making the car more in sync with the environment especially when driven in the city.
The aerodynamics of the Peugeot Fractal is both improved and enhanced since there are lower intakes in the front resulting in less air required for cooling. In addition, the way the car is styled embodying the ease within which it can adapt to an urban setting and this can be seen on the dynamic lines move on the span of its body. With the use of the Coupe Franche, which is a straight line dual paint finish, the vitality of the Peugeot Fractal is enhanced even further with a sudden change to matt black from intense white at the door hinges. The upper body meanwhile has a removable roof that can convert the car from a coupé to a cabriolet.
At the top of the rear vent, there is a LED strip that through an equalizer-type display is able to show the status of the battery charging. There is also a light signature on the front that starts from under the grille to above the headlamps and even includes what can be seen as scrolling indicators. The noise level of the Peugeot Fractal is already lowered due to the electric drive system and is decreased even further through the narrow tread Tall & Narrow tires. The wheels have dihedral components that lessen the aerodynamic noise and allow it to achieve the highest standards when it comes to acoustic performance.
The anechoic chambers cause the sound waves to bounce from a surface to another thereby reducing their intensity and ultimately the level of noise. Achieving this design using the conventional methods was next to impossible and was instead done through the use of 3D printing.
Even with its noise level reduced, the Peugeot Fractal emits a unique sound signature that alerts other road users and even allows pedestrians to leave the road without the need to look. Driving the Peugeot Fractal is made more convenient with the utilization of the Samsung Gear S smartwatch. The smartwatch gives the driver updated information on the different components of the car like its interior temperature, the status of the lithium-ion battery, the charging time, and even the current location.
The smartwatch also has a one-touch access system allowing the driver to adjust the air conditioning settings, open the doors, and even adjust the sound system. The head-up display of the Peugeot Fractal's has a high-definition holographic screen and with a 45-degree polycarbonate strip, not only enables the delivery of additional information but can also create the impression of depth.
The driver can thus customize how the information is shown on the screen. As evidence that the Peugeot Fractal looks into new processes and designs, about 80% of the interior have parts have been 3D printed. This is especially true with the anechoic materials making it the perfect component.