Jaguar’s self park­ing valet and com­mu­ni­cat­ing cars launched

Afro Voice (Northern Cape) - - BUSINESS -

Jaguar Land Rover’s self­driv­ing cars can find spaces by them­selves and park with­out any driver in­put. The self­driv­ing valet demon­stra­tion is a step to­wards mak­ing self­driv­ing cars an ev­ery­day re­al­ity, with tech­nol­ogy that re­moves stress from ur­ban driv­ing. It took place on open pub­lic roads in Mil­ton Keynes as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s work with UK Au­to­drive, a con­sor­tium test­ing self­driv­ing ve­hi­cles and con­nected car tech­nolo­gies. Jo­erg Sch­linkhei­der, Jaguar Land Rover chief en­gi­neer, au­to­mated driv­ing, said: “We’re in­vest­ing heav­ily in au­to­mated tech­nolo­gies to make our cus­tomers’ lives safer and more con­ve­nient. Re­duc­ing the ev­ery­day stresses of driv­ing, like squeez­ing into a tight park­ing place, means that we can all fo­cus on the more en­joy­able as­pects of our cars.” Jaguar Land Rover has also de­vel­oped con­nected tech­nol­ogy to help speed up the in­te­gra­tion of au­to­mated driv­ing fea­tures. The tech al­lows cars to “talk” to each other and the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment, giv­ing driv­ers the right in­for­ma­tion when they need it and help­ing the car re­act more quickly. The com­pany has tested two fea­tures in Mil­ton Keynes, emer­gency ve­hi­cle warn­ing (EVW) and elec­tronic emer­gency brake light (EEBL). EVW alerts driv­ers when an emer­gency ve­hi­cle is ap­proach­ing and in­di­cates which di­rec­tion it is com­ing from. EEBL gives a warn­ing when an­other con­nected car brakes heav­ily, po­ten­tially giv­ing driv­ers sev­eral ad­di­tional sec­onds to avoid a pos­si­ble col­li­sion. Jaguar Land Rover is de­vel­op­ing fully and semi­au­to­mated ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies to of­fer cus­tomers a choice of an en­gaged or au­to­mated drive, while main­tain­ing an en­joy­able and safe driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The com­pany’s vi­sion is to make the self­driv­ing car vi­able in the widest range of real­life, on­ and offroad driv­ing en­vi­ron­ments and weather.

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