In this issue, we introduce a fresh new addition to the Jaguar family with the launch of the E-PACE. F1 racer Romain Grosjean reveals his passion for Jaguar while the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team give an insight into their preparations. Plus, we get to grips with the fast-paced sport of drone racing and spend a unique day with the XF Sportbrake.
ESSAY E arlier this
ESSAY E arlier this month, I took a trip in a driverless car made by a Silicon Valley start-up. Despite the vehicle’s autonomous capabilities, the creator hadn’t yet got hold of the necessary paperwork to relinquish control of the steering, braking and acceleration to the enormous computer in the boot. And so my driverless car had a driver. It was an odd case of bureaucracy one, technology nil. However, as I watched the infotainment screen showing the car’s “brain” in action – the artificially intelligent vision system that was detecting and categorising objects and obstacles around it while planning the optimal route – my own brain had some time to reflect on the city of the future, and how new innovations and technology can make living in it smarter, greener and easier. DRIVERLESS IN THE CITY FROM AUTOMATED ROAD RAGE RELIEF TO BUZZING BOD-PODS: SMART TECHNOLOGY WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT LIFE IN THE CITY WORDS: Olivia Solon ILLUSTRATION: Mario Wagner 76 THE JAGUAR
There is no nuisance that unites citydwellers as effectively and democratically as traffic. It doesn’t matter if you’re a billionaire or a busboy, in a limo or a Lada, you will still find yourself bumper to bumper at rush hour, wishing you could teleport. The ability to disappear in one place and reappear in another a moment later, without having to deal with traffic, delays or face-to-armpit encounters on the Underground has obvious appeal. Unfortunately, scientists have only managed to transfer single atoms across their laboratories, so it’s going to be a long wait for “beam me up, Scotty”. In the meantime, we’ll have to improvise with other approaches for making the mass transportation of meat bags around cities more bearable. Smart technology embedded throughout the vehicle and connected to the Internet could help ease some of the stress of being in transit. I’d like to see sensors for monitoring heart rate and sweat through the steering wheel for detecting and mitigating road rage. “You appear to be veinpoppingly frustrated,” the car would say with soothing tones, as a robotic arm starts gently stroking your hair. “How about we take a 20-minute break? I’ve ordered you a non-fat almond-caramel frappuccino from the next coffee shop - we’ll be there in five minutes.” Upon arrival, the navigation system would refer to a database of real-time parking availability to take you straight to the nearest empty space. Hulk rage avoided. As technology improves, I look forward to driver assistants evolving into autonomous valet services. Simply rock up at your destination, get out and the car will head off on its own. Never again will you need to make yourself dizzy scouring a multi-storey car park trying to find a space. Nor will you experience the anxiety of trying to squeeze into a tight parallel parking spot when there’s a line of drivers behind you impatiently tapping their “A word of warning from our automated future: you will no longer have any excuse for being late” steering wheels. When you’re ready to hit the road again, you can whip out your phone to summon your obedient automobile like Knight Rider. The ultimate aim, however, is full autonomy. Fleets of electric self-driving cars – provided they can jump through the necessary regulatory hoops – offer a laundry list of tantalising benefits, from improved traffic flow (vehicles can move in unison, more closely together) to fewer accidents. The design of vehicles will change dramatically, too. Just as the first automobiles followed the form of the horse carriage, the current generation of autonomous vehicles mimic their human-driven counterparts. Their form has been dictated by strict safety standards that will be less relevant when human error, which plays a part in more than 90% of collisions, is removed entirely from the equation. As we become accustomed to being chauffeured around by robots, we’ll see that change. The steering wheel and brake pedals will go, and there will emerge a variety of shapes, sizes and configurations as we come up with ways to fill time in transit more productively. There will be pods for meeting, dating and dining as you zip around cities. There might be vehicles for working out (bod pods), hanging with your besties (squad pods) and those for quiet meditation (on-your-tod pods). Since autonomous vehicles require so many cameras and sensors to keep track of their surroundings, criminals will struggle to operate unnoticed. Car theft will become more like hunting something very large and armoured, with a top speed of 130mph. There’s sure to be an entertainment spin-off made with footage of attempted crimes where the vehicles develop playful or sassy behaviours. Anyone who has ever accelerated for a few metres just as a friend or family member reached for the passenger door of their car will know the unbridled joy that such teasing can bring. How long will it take for wouldbe thief to give up? When you can order a driverless car within minutes on demand, you won’t need your garage as you will no longer have to maintain and store your own vehicle. Instead, you can rent it out to start-ups or inventors in return for a small slice of equity. Amazon, Apple, Disney and Google all started in garages, so just think of the innovation that will take place when the car no longer takes up such premium tinkering real estate. Finally, we’ll also have the time and space to turn our sudden epiphanies into products. VR headsets for cats, anyone? ANYONE? Don’t worry about financing, I’ve already remortgaged the house. A word of warning from our automated future: you will no longer have any excuse for being late. Mass tardiness was a contagion spread through human contact with mobile phones. Honouring appointments became less pressing when you could send a quick “Sorry babe, running late. Congestion is very bad :-(“. In an age of predictable traffic flow such excuses wear thin. Instead you’ll have to appeal to new ethical dilemmas arising from the clash between new technology and nature: “There in 10. My auto-pod couldn’t decide between hitting a flock of birds or a squirrel, so had to wait for it to make up its mind. Hope to be back up and rolling in a few.” THE JAGUAR 77
Jaguar Magazine celebrates creativity in all its forms, with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from beautiful design to cutting-edge technology.
In this issue, we explore the art of creativity from the Brazilian masters who devised the graceful art of Capoeira, to the Irish artists mixing new culture with old. You will also discover the creative line that links Victorian wallpaper to the iPhone. While the multi-talented actor and performer, Riz Ahmed, explains why it is the right time to reveal his true self to the world.
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