Jaguar Land Rover's 'autonomy-ready' urban transport EV could hit streets next year

Jaguar Land Rover announces Project Vector, a multi-purpose electric transport vehicle designed for urban environments

On Tuesday, Jaguar Land Rover unveiled Project Vector, a four-meter-long electric concept vehicle designed to autonomously transport people, goods, and services around the urban mobility network of the future.

As the urban public turns more frequently towards shared mobility options as a means of daily transportation as traffic thickens in the wake of increasing populations and the environmental crisis worsens as a result, Jaguar Land Rover announced yesterday its latest project beneath their Destination Zero mission: Project Vector.

Destination Zero is an ambition created by the company to "make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner" by "achieving a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion -- through its products, services and across its facilities." Project Vector contributes to this mission by showcasing what future, emission-free urban transportation could look like. In fact, the concept model could actually hit streets in England as part of a pilot program as early as next year.

According to the company, this four-meter, pod-like vehicle is fully connected and 'autonomy-ready,' two factors that will allow it to integrate into the in-development connected urban mobility systems around that world resulting from the digitalization revolution. Such technology would allow Project Vector and other such vehicles to let people "travel on demand and autonomously," while also getting from place to place in a safer manner than today.

Its open cabin space and configurable interior seating would allow Project Vector to serve several purposes including last-mile deliveries or trips. Such uses are slated to be explored next year in Coventry where the Project Vector will serve as a "living laboratory for future mobility".