Is This The Future Of Motoring?

Sat 22nd Feb 2020

Jaguar Land Rover have unveiled an engineless and driverless vehicle which they expect to be on the roads in 2021.

Under title of Project Vector, the ‘advanced, flexible, multi-use electric vehicle’ was revealed at the newly-opened National Automotive Innovation Centre in Coventry this week as part of JLR Destination Zero initiative.

The pod-like vehicle is just four metres long and its shape suggests that it won’t be built for speed but city driving and commercial uses such as last mile deliveries. It is expected that the Project Vector pod will be trialled on Coventry’s road network next year in collaboration with Coventry City Council and West Midlands Combined Authority.

JLR chief executive Sir Ralf Speth said: “Project Vector shows Jaguar Land Rover as a leader in innovation to make our societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner.

“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.”

With the battery and drivetrain built into the floor, the space above can be used for a variety of activities, giving the pod ultimate flexibility for modern city working and living.

Project director Dr Tim Leverton said: “The megatrends of urbanisation and digitalisation make connected urban mobility systems necessary and inevitable.

“Shared and private vehicles will share spaces with and be connected to public transit networks, so you can travel on demand and autonomously.

“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.”