Jaguar Land Rover goes urban with Project Vector
As a part of its ‘Destination Zero’ mission, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) showed Project Vector, a concept car that wants to integrate into smart city infrastructures of the future.
Project Vector wants to be an advanced, flexible, multifunctional electric vehicle platform, ready to drive autonomously when needed. The idea is to be of service for individual users as well as for car-sharing users.
“With this project, we work together with the brightest heads in the academic world, with delivery specialists and digital services,” says CEO Ralph Späth. “We want to develop connected and integrated mobility systems, the fundamental building blocks of Destination Zero.”
Compact and flexible
Project Vector is a flexible, compact concept car, four meters long, destined to be deployed in the city. All batteries and propulsion gear are neatly tucked away under a flat floor. This makes multiple applications possible.
Inside it is very roomy, allowing seating configurations for individual or shared use. At the same time, this type of vehicle is very well suited to be the last mile delivery tool. The project has been developed inside the National Automotive Innovation Center.
“In the future, urban displacements will be done with privately owned or shared vehicles, online taxi systems, or other services, and public transport,” says the project director, Dr. Tim Leverton. “Our vision shows that such vehicles can be a flexible part of the urban mobility network.”
Together with the city council of Coventry, UK, and the West Midlands Combined Authority, JLR wants to plan a mobility service, a living laboratory for future mobility in the city.
“It’s a unique opportunity,” says prof. dr. Gero Kempf, chief engineer of the project. “The platform has been developed like a white sheet. We can develop apps and services on demand, implementing the ecosystem of the city of the future.”