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AN END TO DAILY DRIVING CHORES: Jaguar Land Rover is testing its intelligent self-learning vehicle capable of being your personal assistant and even take over driving based on your preferences. Image: Jaguar Land Rover

  • Intelligent car with ‘Smart Assistant’
  • Minimise driver distraction
  • Recognises the driver
  • Self-learning of driving style

WHITLEY, England: Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is developing what it calls “a truly intelligent self-learning vehicle” that could help prevent crashes by reducing driver-distraction.

Using artificial intelligence, JLR’s self-learning car will offer an array of services based on a an algorithm that recognises who is behind the wheel and what their preferences and driving style are.

The software considers a range of variables, among them calendar, time of day, traffic and weather conditions to predict driver behaviour and take over many of what JRL’s experts consider “daily driving chores” - which lets the driver focus on the road ahead.


Director of research and technology for JLR, Wolfgang Epple, said: “The aim of our self-learning technology is to minimise driver-distraction, which will help reduce the risk of a crash. Presenting the driver with information just at the right time will reduce both cognitive distraction and the need for the driver to look away from the road to scroll through phone lists or adjust mirrors, cabin temperature or seat functions while on the road.

VIDEO: Jaguar Land Rover's self-learning vehicle

“Up until now," Eppel says, "most self-learning car research focused on traffic or navigation prediction. We want to take this a significant step further and our new learning algorithm means information learned about you will deliver a completely personalised driving experience and enhance driving pleasure.”

The car, he explained, recognise each driver by smartphone and adjusted mirrors, steering-wheel and seat to his or her preferences. The cabin can pre-set to a desired temperature and is intelligent enough to change it if the weather is hot, cold or raining.


Through the ‘Smart Assistant’, the car will review your schedule for the day and set the satnav according to traffic to avoid congestion.

According to JLR, its self-learning car can determine whether you’re going to the gym (you'll need a certain temperature to warm up and, later, cool down. If you use the massage function at a particular time or location on a journey, the car will be able to predict this as well.

But what about school runs? The car will be able to recognise every passenger and offer each his or her preferred infotainment options. The ‘Smart Assistant’ will review your calendar and remind you before you leave the house via a message on your smartphone to collect your children’s sport kit as it “knows” you will need to attend their sports event.

If you usually make a phone call at a certain time or on a particular journey the car will predict this andoffer to make the call. If you are going to be late for work it will offer to email or call ahead with minimal or no interaction from the driver.


JLR’s self-learning car will be able to learn an individual’s driving style. When the Auto Adaptive Cruise Control (AACC) is active the car will apply distance settings and acceleration profiles.

Epple said: “By developing a learning function for Adaptive Cruise Control, it is technology concepts such as the self-learning car that will ensure any future intelligent car remains fun and rewarding to drive as we move closer to more autonomous driving over the next 10 years.

“This is important because future customers will still want an emotional connection and a thrilling drive - with the ability to drive autonomously when required.”

Features of the JLR’s self-learning car concept:
 • Vehicle Personalisation – Adaptive climate, seat, steering wheel, mirrors and infotainment settings.
 • Destination prediction – auto destination entry to satnav based on usage.
 • Fuel assist – Suggests fuel stations which have the driver’s preferred brand and location. The car will let you know if you have enough fuel before heading out.
 • Predictive phone call – predicts who you are likely to call.
 • Passenger awareness - will activate passenger-preferred infotainment settings and personal climate zones.
 • Intelligent notifications – based on traffic situation, the car can alert your office or preferred contacts that you will be late or provide relevant contextual updates such as flight delays on your drive to the airport.
• AACC – When auto cruise control is activated, the car applies the distance setting and acceleration profile it has learned when the driver is driving the vehicle.

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