Jags, Rangies to read your diary

Brit luxo brand explores ways to fill the self-driving car’s attention deficit

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BRITISH brand Jaguar Land Rover has flagged that future versions of its cars will be constantly nosing through your calendar, but all in the name of improving your journey.

It has showcased technology it says will one day even learn your habits, sifting through your work and personal calendars to recognise the difference between a school run and a business trip, and alter the car’s settings even before you step out the front door.

On the road, it will recognise if you’re likely to be stuck in traffic, offering to reroute to a faster-flowing road and even alert the person you’re meeting that you will be late.

According to the luxury car maker, the plan is to develop a “truly intelligent self-learning vehicle that will offer a completely personalised driving experience and help prevent accidents by reducing driver distraction”.

“Up until now most self-learning car research has only focused on traffic or navigation prediction,” Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of research and technology said.

“We want to take this a significant step further and our new learning algorithm means information learnt about you will deliver a completely personalised driving experience and enhance driving pleasure.”

The software will be so smart that if you have a long drive tomorrow and don’t have enough fuel, it will recommend you stop at a petrol station today.

If you’re running the sprogs to school, it will play their radio station, and as soon as the car recognises the kids are out, it will flick over to the driver’s preferred channel.

According to Jaguar Land Rover, intelligent cars are necessary in the lead-up to self-driving vehicles, as car makers try to fill the void for people who no longer have to concentrate fully behind the wheel and start to lose the ‘emotional connection’.

 

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