Jaguar has taken the wraps off the 2016 version of its XJ flagship
luxury saloon. With an expanded model variant range with two new top-end
models, the XJR-Sport and XJ Autobiography, there aren't too many
surprises, but there is a greater emphasis on driver assist functions
and infotainment systems.
Jaguar has made a real effort to push the envelope recently, dropping its stuffy old English tweed jacket for a sharply-cut suit to compete with Germany's finest offerings. A big part this transformation has been a focus on innovative safety technologies, like windscreen map overlays and talking potholes. This time, Jaguar has turned to mind-reading tech to detect distracted or sleepy drivers.
With past debuts like the Project 7, Jaguar remains one of the local British brands intent on keeping the "speed" in the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year, it's shining the spotlight on a more extreme side of speed, and its presence promises to be one of the big highlights of the event. It will be showing several fast, pretty cars from its present and past, including the all-new XJR Rapid Response Vehicle. The specially prepared performance sedan is built to support the Bloodhound SSC in its quest to break the land speed record.
Jaguar Land Rover claims that potholes cause £2.8 billion (US$4.3 billion) worth of damage every year in Britain alone. Often lurking unseen until it's too late, they can puncture or shred tires, damage wheels and suspensions, and break axles. Now the company is developing the Pothole Alert system, which can not only identify the location and severity of potholes, broken drains, raised manholes, and similar hazards, but can warn other vehicles about them as well.
Back in January Jaguar Land Rover announced its tie-in with Intel and Seeing Machines to develop eye-tracking technology that could be used prevent drowsy driving – but the firm also has other ideas for eye sensing tech that are both more mundane and more useful in day-to-day terms.