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The battle against superbugs could be won using technology developed for the cars of the future. According to Jaguar Land Rover, future models could help stop the spread of colds and flu thanks to ultraviolet light technology (UV-C) borrowed from the medical industry.

By integrating UV-C, JLR believes it could help to stop bacteria and harmful viruses from surviving in the cabin. It’s already actively seeking to neutralise pathogens in its latest generation Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Dr Steve Iley, JLR’s Chief Medical Officer, says: “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. In the colder months infections are spread more easily, it’s reassuring to know that in your car at least, you can be confident that harmful pathogens are being neutralised.”

JLR says it’s exploring UV-C technology as part of its vision to create a ‘tranquil sanctuary’ inside each of its luxury models.

Iley adds: “The implementation of individual well-being 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.”

JLR believes this will be increasingly important as we move towards shared mobility solutions.

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