Jaguar Land Rover unveils Project Vector ‘autonomy-ready’ platform
Jaguar Land Rover unveiled a new concept vehicle, Project Vector, as part of the company’s Destination Zero journey, offering its vision of an autonomous, electric, connected future for urban mobility.
The mission is to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner. The focus is on achieving a future of zero emissions, zero accidents, and zero congestion—through its products, services, and across its facilities. As the next stage of that journey is the advanced, flexible, multi-use electric vehicle that is "autonomy-ready."
“Jaguar Land Rover understands the trends shaping modern societies,” said Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, Ralf Speth. “Through this project, we are collaborating with the brightest minds in academia, supply chain, and digital services to create connected, integrated mobility systems—the fundamental building blocks for Destination Zero. Project Vector is precisely the brave and innovative leap forward needed to deliver on our mission.”
The compact, flexible vehicle concept measures 4 m (13 ft) in length and is designed for the city, packaging all its battery and drivetrain components into a flat floor, to allow a variety of uses. The interior cabin space allows seating configurations for private or shared use as well as the opportunity for commercial applications, such as last-mile deliveries.
The Project Vector concept has been developed at the National Automotive Innovation Centre to gain the advantages of working with agility and close collaboration with academic and external partners. It will also address the wider landscape of mobility, from how customers connect with mobility services, to the infrastructure required to enable fully integrated, autonomous vehicles in cities.
“The megatrends of urbanization and digitalization make connected urban mobility systems necessary and inevitable,” said Tim Leverton, Project Director. “Shared and private vehicles will share spaces with and be connected to public transit networks, so you can travel on demand and autonomously. That is a complex task, best achieved by working together with partners across the spectrum of vehicles, infrastructure, and the digital world. Future urban travel will be a composite of owned and shared vehicles, access to ride hailing and on-demand services as well as public transport. Our vision shows the vehicle as a flexible part of the urban mobility network that can be adapted for different purposes.”
The intention is to collaborate with Coventry City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority to plan a mobility service from late 2021, as a living laboratory for future mobility on the streets of Coventry.
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