Jaguar Land Rover seems to have a thing for fighting against illnesses recently. Previously, the British marque built a special edition Land Rover Discover fitted with an onboard lab which can help in finding the cure for Malaria. Now, the automaker proposes that the car itself can fight sicknesses as well, specifically against colds and flu.
The automaker has recently announced that they are working on technology that could help stop the spread of colds and flu. Specifically, they will do so by using ultraviolet light technology (UV-C) borrowed from the medical industry, which has been in use for almost 70 years.
“The average motorist spends as much as 300 hours per year behind the wheel. There is a clear opportunity to better utilize 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.” said Dr. Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer.
Jaguar Land Rover plans to integrate the technology into future models, particularly within the vehicle’s air-conditioning system. The UV-C inside the air-conditioning unit would then filter the air and help stop harmful bacteria and viruses from surviving in the car and spreading to other occupants.
The current Four-zone Climate Control and Cabin Air Ionization system found across the company’s model range already battles against viruses. The system uses high voltage to create trillions of nano-sized negatively charged particles (ions) coated in water molecules. These ions then deactivate the pathogens, forming larger particles which are removed from the air and brought back into the filter. The ions also act upon odor molecules and allergens in a similar way.
According to Jaguar Land Rover recent medical trials show that the use of UV-C could cut the transmission of four major superbugs by as much as 30%.