The premium carmaker said that integrating UV-C in its future cars could help to stop bacteria and harmful viruses, known as pathogens, from surviving in the cabin. UV-C is currently widely used for disinfecting water, filtering air and sterilising surfaces by utilising wavelengths of light between 200 – 280 nanometres. Exposing pathogens to UV-C within the air conditioning system breaks down the molecular structure of the DNA, neutralising them, and clean air is then released into the cabin. Allegedly, the technology could even help in the fight against drug-resistant superbugs. 

JLR said it is exploring UV-C technology as part of its vision to create a “tranquil sanctuary” inside each of its luxury vehicles. “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”, said Dr Steve Iley, Chief Medical Officer, JLR.

The automotive manufacturer is already actively seeking to neutralise pathogens in its latest generation Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, available across the range including the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE and Range Rover Sport.