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April 27, 2020—Julian Thomson, director of design for Jaguar Land Rover, shares insights with Ars Technica into how the coronavirus outbreak has affected vehicle design. Thomson works alongside about 300 people on vehicle design and he is working from home now.

Each new Jaguar design is the work of hundreds of people but needs to look as if it's a singular vision, not the product of a committee. Thomson says in the report that his biggest challenge is not being able to see or compare designs as full-size, three-dimensional clay models. 

While at home the team can do the following tasks: review animations and 3D models, review final production data, and sign off tooling and final surface. 

For future vehicle design, Thomson predicts that the coronavirus will impact how consumers want to encourage the health element when it comes to cars. 

The midlife refresh of Jaguar's F-Type sports car is his team's most recent work. Advances in headlights helped designers change the design and be able to hide the whole headlamps with body color or chrome, according to the report.However, if the headlamps are hidden, it takes away from the front of the vehicle and gives it a bland face.

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