Get­ting the talk go­ing be­tween lux­ury cars

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A LUX­URY car that can drive it­self around a city, talk to other vehicles and even re­spond to traf­fic lights was un­veiled this week – and could be on the roads in months.

The Range Rover Sport’s space- age tech­nol­ogy even lets it ne­go­ti­ate T-junc­tions and traf­fic cir­cles – and make way for ap­proach­ing emergency vehicles.

It is part of a £20 mil­lion (about R329m) gov­ern­ment-backed project de­signed to keep Bri­tain in the fore­front of driver­less car de­sign.

The Sport was one of a series of vehicles de­mon- strated at the Horiba Mira test­ing ground in Nuneaton be­fore go­ing on to of­fi­cial road tri­als later this year.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Au­tonomous Urban Drive tech­nol­ogy brings the UK car-maker a step closer to achiev­ing so-called “level four” au­ton­omy within the next decade. That is where vehicles are ca­pa­ble of carry- ing out driv­ing tasks in towns with­out driver in­ter­ven­tion.

It pitches the firm in a bat­tle against its German ri­vals BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Jaguar Land Rover is also work­ing with Ford and Tata Mo­tors’ Euro­pean Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre, test­ing “con­nected” car tech­nolo­gies that will al­low cars to “talk” to each other, as well as to elec­tronic road­side traf­fic signs.

The first tests on closed­off pub­lic roads are ex­pected to held in Mil­ton Keynes and Coven­try by the end of this year, be­fore mov­ing to open­road tri­als next year. – The Daily Mail

The space-age Sport was un­veiled this week.

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