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Jaguar R&D chief isn't interested in creating full autonomous vehicles

Don't expect Jaguar to jump onto the autonomous vehicle bandwagon
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 8:26 pm

Luxury automaker Jaguar is working on introducing autonomous functionality to vehicles, but don't expect a full self-driving car anytime soon. Ultimately, Jaguar wants humans to be in control and able to drive their own vehicles while behind the wheel.

 

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"We don't consider customers cargo. We don't want to build a robot that delivers the cargo from A to B," said Wolfgang Epple, R&D chief at Jaguar, while speaking to the media during a recent UK press event.

 

Instead, Jaguar wants to include semi-autonomous feature in vehicles, boosting driver comfort and making vehicles safer. Offerings such as parking-assist, remote control functionality via smartphone, lane-assist, and other technologies seem to have drawn more interest from engineers at Jaguar.

 

Automakers are racing to develop autonomous vehicles, with BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Toyota, Tesla, Google, and other companies dumping more money into autonomous R&D.

NEWS SOURCES:Autonews.com, A38898d4011a160a051fb191.gearheads.netdna-cdn.com

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