Jaguar-Land Rover is creating a lot of buzz off-late when it comes to technology. Point in case the Ghost Car technology, that takes navigation to a whole new level, or the 360 windscreen technology, that takes safety to another level, or the most recently showcased Remote-controlled Range Rover Sport, that takes the off-roading to a different level.
While like the other manufacturers, we thought JLR is working on these futuristic technologies to make way for the autonomous driving, Jaguar Land Rover's R&D chief Wolfgang Epple has just confirmed that the iconic British car manufacturer won't get itself involved in anything that results in a fully autonomous or self-driving car.
And to be very frank, we can't get happier than this. Recently, Tesla Motors self made techpreneur Elon Musk said that, 'eventually the human driving will be banned as it is too dangerous'. Now we as automobile aficionados are not in favor of a robot driving the car and in the era when each and every manufacturer is developing an autonomous car, this is a welcome move by the JLR.
Wolfgang Epple, in an event organized at the JLR's Research and Development center in UK said to the journalist that "we don't want to build a robot that delivers the cargo from A to B." Epple is strictly against using the passengers and the driver as the cargo only and cleared that a fully autonomous car is a no agenda for the company.
He further clarified that when it comes to driving, there is no match to the emotional aspect that a driver can use, which any autonomous car can't use. He said that in the future most of the manufacturers will bring their version of the self-driving car, but ultimately the driver must be the one responsible for making the decisions.
Technology giant Google, the forerunner of the autonomous car is almost finished with its 'Google Car' and the actual road test has already begun. Audi and Mercedes have already showcased their versions of the autonomous car while Tesla is already working hard to put a fully autonomous car in the market soon. Parts manufacturer Delphi also did a fully autonomous drive to showcase the technology.
On the other hand, like we mentioned earlier, Jaguar-Land Rover is busy building assistance systems that will help the driver and reduce the accidents.