CARS THAT TALK
Cars are getting smarter and will soon start to communicate with each other. Vehicle-to-vehicle systems aren’t novel but there is a renewed drive to fast-track the technology in preparation for fully autonomous vehicles. Jaguar is testing a fleet of connected cars on 60 km of UK roads as part of a larger R128-million project. This stretch of road features a combination of the latest wireless technologies, including DSRC, 3G/4G, Wi-fi and fibre optic networks. The result is cars staying connected at all times and warning each other of impending danger, changes in road conditions or the approach of an emergency service vehicle, for example. “To realise the full benefit of self-driving cars, we need to understand the infrastructure required to support them. Connectivity takes us not only a step closer to making self-driving cars a reality, but also creates the platform to bring more connected safety features to our customers within the next few years,” says Colin Lee, Jaguar Land Rover connectivity manager.