JAGUAR LAND ROVER FITS VIRTUAL EYES TO ITS TEST VEHICLES

Jaguar Land Rover has fitted ‘virtual eyes’ to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles, as research studies suggest that as many as 63% of pedestrians worry about how safe it will be to cross the road in the future.

The friendly-faced ‘eye pods’ have a vital job: helping work out how much information future self-driving cars should share with users or pedestrians to ensure that people trust the technology.

As part of the engineering project, Jaguar Land Rover has enlisted the help of a team of cognitive psychologists to better understand how vehicle behaviour affects human confidence in new technology. The trust trials form part of Jaguar Land Rover’s government-supported UK Autodrive project.

The intelligent pods run autonomously on a fabricated street scene in Coventry, while the behaviour of pedestrians is analysed as they wait to cross the road. The ‘eyes’ have been devised by a team of advanced engineers, working in Jaguar Land Rover’s Future Mobility division. The pods seek out the pedestrian – appearing to ‘look’ directly at them – signalling to road users that it has identified them, and intends to take avoiding action.

Engineers record trust levels in the person before and after the pod makes ‘eye contact’ to find out whether it generates sufficient confidence that it would stop for them. Previous studies suggest as many 63% of pedestrians and cyclists say they’d feel less safe sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle*.

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JAGUAR CLASSIC TO BUILD AND SELL ELECTRIC E-TYPES…

Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sports car’s successful debut in concept form at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017.

Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its outstanding E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK.

An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said:“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.

E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”

Technical specifications and pricing details will follow, but Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential E-type Zero clients. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.

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JAGUAR CLASSIC TO BUILD AND SELL ELECTRIC E-TYPES

Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sports car’s successful debut in concept form at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017.

Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its outstanding E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK.

An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said:“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.

E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”

Technical specifications and pricing details will follow, but Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential E-type Zero clients. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.

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JAGUAR CLASSIC TO BUILD ELECTRIC E-TYPES

Following an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the original concept for ‘the most beautiful electric car in the world’, Jaguar Classic has confirmed it will offer all-electric E-types for sale. The news follows the iconic EV sports car’s successful debut in concept form at Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in September 2017.

Combining its restoration expertise with cutting-edge technology from the Jaguar I-PACE, the award-winning zero-emissions performance SUV, Jaguar Classic will offer tailor-made E-types restored and converted to electric power at the same Classic Works facility as its outstanding E-type Reborn restorations in Coventry, UK.

An EV conversion service for existing E-type owners will also be offered. To preserve the authenticity of the base vehicle, the EV conversion will be fully reversible.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said:“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to the Jaguar E-type Zero concept. Future-proofing the enjoyment of classic car ownership is a major stepping stone for Jaguar Classic.

“E-type Zero showcases the incredible heritage of the E-type, and the expertise and craftsmanship at Classic Works, while demonstrating Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to creating zero emission vehicles across every part of the business, including Jaguar Classic.”

Technical specifications and pricing details will follow, but Jaguar Classic is now taking expressions of interest from potential E-type Zero clients. Deliveries of the first electric E-type vehicles are expected to start from summer 2020.

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I-PACE ARRIVES WITH A FIVE YEAR WARRANTY

Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE will bring a revolutionary ownership experience.

I-PACE, the car that has rewritten the automotive rule book, will go on sale with a full five-year warranty, two years more than the period currently offered for any of its conventional Jaguar stablemates.

The extended warranty will be backed by a five-year service plan and matching five-years Roadside Assistance plan which, like the warranty, are both two years longer than anything previously offered by the British car maker.

The I-PACE’s battery, made of 432 pouch cells positioned beneath the cabin floor, is also covered by an extensive eight-year, 160,000-kilometre warranty.

New from the wheels up, Jaguar’s first-ever electric car takes styling influences from the company’s revolutionary C-X75 supercar concept.

The clean sheet design gave I-PACE’s designers and engineers unprecedented freedoms to create a car with a dramatic cab-forward profile, unique proportions and exceptional interior space.

Jaguar has long been known for its aluminium vehicle construction and I-PACE continues that, utilising Jaguar’s new aluminium Electric Vehicle architecture.

It is the most torsionally-rigid structure in Jaguar’s storied history and underscores that with a perfectly balanced 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.

The luxurious and technically innovative interior has several useful storage features.

A flat floor gives space for a 10.5-litre central compartment, storage compartments beneath the rear seats and a 656-litre rear load space.

Using the latest technology, I-PACE features the new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system combining touchscreens, sensors and physical controls to operate the car’s key functions.

Two central console-mounted touchscreens separate information and interactive controls.

A full-colour Head-Up Display (HUD) projects key driving information, including vehicle speed, onto the windscreen in front of the driver.

All the operating technology is supported by a 12-inch display screen behind the steering wheel in lieu of a conventional instrument panel.

Jaguar’s first all-electric car will also carry-on the company’s performance traditions.

A 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives I-PACE’s two synchronous permanent magnet electric motors an impressive 294 kilowatts of power and 696 Nm of torque.

Controlled independently and able to adapt I-PACE’s front-rear balance to suit prevailing road conditions, the Jaguar-designed motors can rocket the car from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.8-seconds and deliver a 470km driving range.

I-PACE also has several charging options.

A 100kW rapid charging point will give 80 per cent battery capacity in 40 minutes or add 100km driving range in 15 minutes.

Home or office charging using an AC wall box gives 80 per cent battery capacity in 10 hours and even the car’s regenerative braking system puts energy into the batteries.

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