It’s like a video game race in real life

You know how most open-world racing games use periodic checkpoints to help keep you on course to the finish line? Well, Jaguar has developed something similar for the real world. It’s called “Smart Cones,” and it’s essentially a set of cones with LED lights on them. In this video, Jaguar has invited Romain Grosjean – and F1 racecar driver – to put the system to the test with the Jaguar XF.

As you’ll see in the video, the cones in the parking lot a scattered about, creating 11 different gateways that illuminate at random. As Grosjean drives through each one, he is scored on a number of factors, including how long it took to get from the last gate to the next, weather, driving conditions, and the car itself. Once the route is complete, a score report is generated. Grosjean set a score of 49,032.

With that said, it’s surely harder than it looks – you never know which set is going to light up next. Either way, it looks like a lot of fun. The best part about it, however, is that this challenge is part of Jaguars “Art of Performance” tour. The tour is hitting more than 600 venues in 46 different countries, where thousands of current and potential customers can give cars like the Jaguar XF, Jaguar XE, and even the Jaguar F-Type Coupe a run at the smart cones. So, go ahead and enjoy the video, then keep an eye out for the official schedule. Maybe you’ll get the chance to give it a run yourself.

Jaguar XF

2016 Jaguar XF High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Jaguar XF here.

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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