CARS THAT TALK

Car (South Africa) - - TECH -

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.

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