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Mumbai: Jaguar Land Rover Ltd (JLR) unveiled its driverless electric vehicle concept Project Vector at Coventry on Tuesday. The concept vehicle is slated to begin its on-road pilot run in the UK from next year.

Developed at the UK’s National Automotive Innovation Center (NAIC), located at the University of Warwick, JLR’s Project Vector is a compact vehicle concept built on a flexible flat-floor platform which houses all battery and drivetrain components. Designed for future urban mobility applications, the concept vehicle measures four meters in length and can accommodate different seating configurations.

The concept electric vehicle can be used for personal, shared and commercial applications such as last mile deliveries, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Project Vector is part of JLR’s ‘destination zero mission’, which envisions zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion, it said.

“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," said JLR chief executive officer Ralf Speth.

Project Vector shows JLR’s intent to timely adapt to the fast-changing requirements of urban mobility that could see driverless, electric and connected vehicles offering on-demand as well as public transport applications in smart city infrastructures.

“It’s also a unique opportunity – a concept platform designed and engineered around urban centric use cases by a major car maker as a blank canvas, for developing tailored services and apps in the ecosystem of a smart city," said JLR chief engineer Gero Kempf.

The NAIC, touted as one of Europe’s largest automotive research and development (R&D) facilities, was officially inaugurated by the Prince of Wales on Tuesday. Besides Project Vector, JLR, along with Tata Motors and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), showcased several other mobility concepts.

The vehicles and concepts showcased included Tata Motors’ Nexon EV, the 7-seater multi-purpose vehicle Hexa with self-drive features, JLR’s prototype of self-driving Jaguar I-Pace and Land Rover Discovery ADAS (advanced driver assist systems).

“At NAIC, academics, manufacturers and suppliers will develop a smart, safe transport infrastructure that integrates autonomous vehicles and public transport; design zero emissions vehicles powered by smart-chargers and renewable energy and discover material and digital manufacturing innovations that will eliminate waste," added Speth.

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