Jaguar Land Rover is known for its aggressive mindblowing projects. On Tuesday, the company announced ‘Project Vector’, a futuristic-looking electric shuttle. The car is autonomous but has a manual driving system too. The electric shuttle concept that can be configured into a shared car or last-mile delivery vehicle may be ready by 2021.
While it has a traditional steering wheel and gas/brake pedals, it’s interior is designed to accommodate private or shared use as well as use as a last-mile delivery vehicle.
The concept car is just four meters in length and is designed for urban use according to the companies. It has got a spacious interior as the battery and drivetrain components are fitted in its flat floor.
This project is a part of JLR’s Destination Zero-emission project and showcases an advanced, flexible, multi-use electric vehicle that is ‘autonomy-ready.
‘ At the launch, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, Ralf Speth, said, “Jaguar Land Rover understands the trends shaping modern societies. 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.”
The shuttle will accommodate four passengers at a time, although a single customer will be able summon it for a ride just like with ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.
Concurrently, self-driving vehicle company, Optimus Ride, launched a fleet of autonomous shuttles in New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard this past summer for what will be the city’s biggest test of self-driving tech to date.
The shuttles are completely autonomous and served passengers only on the Navy Yards’ private roads as well through a loop shuttle service connecting NYC Ferry passengers from dock 72 to a gate next to Flushing Avenue.