Cars Of The Future Could Prevent The Spread Of Illnesses

Thu 28th Mar 2019

Jaguar Land Rover is developing a technology which could fight the spread of ‘superbugs’ by killing them within the cabin of vehicles.

By using ultraviolet light technology, UV-C, in partnership with the car’s air conditioner, the air taken into the vehicle would be exposed to the ultra-violet light which could kill harmful pathogens and ensuring driver and passengers breath ‘clean’ air. The ultra-violet technology is used in the medical industry to disinfect and sterilise surfaces to stop the spread of viruses and bacteria.

Dr Steve Iley, chief medical officer at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The average motorist spends as much as 300 hours per year behind the wheel. There is a clear opportunity to better utilise cars for administering preventative healthcare.

“The implementation of individual wellbeing measures as part of our ‘tranquil sanctuary’ research promises to not only improve quality of life for our customers but in this case, offers clear advantages in reducing pathogen spread – protecting the overall population from the threat of disease; particularly as we move towards shared mobility solutions.”