A Jaguar XJ, driven by movie stunt driver Mark Higgins, has taken on one of the world’s best drone pilots in a unique ‘cat-and-mouse’ challenge, showcasing future technology and how it could influence car chase filming. With one eye on a future potential movie stunt sequence, Higgins and drone pilot and racer JaeHong Li used the challenge to highlight how technology is developing in both the automotive and unmanned aircraft sectors. The current development of advanced driver assistance systems with radar sensors and on board cameras is closely aligned to new technology in drones, which are now being used for everything from racing to autonomous parcel delivery.
The challenge, which took place at the Zhuhai International Circuit in China, saw Higgins trying to shake off the drone as he raced through an industrial zone containing shipping containers, wide tree-lined boulevards, pit garages and an underground car park. The XJ demonstrated agility and control with effortless performance. Technology is making waves in both the car and drone industries – with the drone pilot using autonomous circling and 360-degree camera to spot Higgins in the XJ, as he made good use of the electric power assisted steering that improves responsiveness and feedback as well systems that use sensors and four on board cameras.
“Technology plays a significant part in new Jaguar vehicles these days – from driver assistance systems to telematics and infotainment. This race was an entertaining way to showcase our current 360-degree camera technology and sensors on the XJ. In everyday situations, cameras and vehicle sensors bring an added reassurance to the driver, making it easier to manoeuvre and park. Our new systems are all about enhancing the driver experience and making it more relaxing, enjoyable and safe,” said Jaguar spokesperson, Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director.
Tosan Aduayi, a motoring journalist since 1994, is the founder and publisher of Trendy Africa Magazine and has reported on Motoring with trademark columns (Roadrunner, Carliners). He is also the founder of Flowtran global.