Jaguar Land Rover Wants to Transfer British People to Autonomous Vehicles

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will carry out road tests of the Project Vector, a balloon-like autonomous vehicle (AV), at the end of next year.

According to preliminary information, Coventry is chosen as the location for the tests.

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This location is not chosen by chance. The Project Vector was presented at the National Automotive Innovation Centre (University of Warwick, Coventry) by JLR CEO Ralf Speth. It is unlikely that this concept will be the company’s only development, since Jaguar Land Rover has taken on the so-called Destination Zero task. And ‘Zero’ in this case concerns not so much the complete absence of the driver, but the complete absence of harmful emissions, accidents on the roads and environmental pollution. Well, despite the rather banal wording, the mission is really ambitious.

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In contrast to the current platforms for cars with internal combustion engines, the running gear of the Project Vector looks more like a huge skateboard, on which you can hang almost any add-on. The drivetrain will remain unchanged: it will be electric only and, as mentioned earlier, fully autonomous. The length of such a car is unlikely to exceed 4 meters, but it is enough for the urban environment.

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It is assumed that the interior of the AV can be used for almost any purpose. The company proceeds from the principle that passenger transportation will be much more popular in the future. Accordingly, one vehicle will carry the maximum number of people. The interior is designed for a completely different number of seats. In the end, it is supposed to be possible to throw out all the seats at all, leaving the useful space exclusively for commercial use.

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JLR together with Coventry City Council and the West Midlands authorities plans to test the Project Vector at the end of 2021.

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