JLR re­veals ‘self-driv­ing valet’ for in­tel­li­gent Range Rover

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

MID­LAND car maker Jaguar Land Rover has re­vealed a ve­hi­cle which can find its own park­ing space.

The firm’s ‘self-driv­ing valet’ means the Range Rover can find a park­ing space by it­self and ma­noeu­vre into it with­out any driver in­put.

JLR show­cased the tech­nol­ogy as part of the UK Au­to­drive pro­gramme, which has al­ready seen au­ton­o­mous and con­nected ve­hi­cles tested on pub­lic roads in Coven­try.

The tri­als took to the pub­lic roads and car parks of Mil­ton Keynes to show how con­nected and au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles could make the search for park­ing spa­ces much eas­ier in fu­ture.

Project part­ners Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Mo­tors Euro­pean Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre (TMETC) demon­strated how cars could com­mu­ni­cate with each other to no­tify driv­ers of avail­able park­ing spa­ces – with­out the need for any ad­di­tional park­ing bay sen­sors.

Upon en­ter­ing the car park, the cars get an up­dated heat map show­ing avail­abil­ity, while real-time up­dates from other con­nected cars show spa­ces fill­ing and be­com­ing va­cant.

Jo­erg Sch­linkhei­der, JLR chief en­gi­neer for 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 we can fo­cus on the more en­joy­able as­pects of our cars.”

As well as demon­strat­ing po­ten­tial fu­ture park­ing so­lu­tions, the three car man­u­fac­tur­ers also car­ried out their first pub­lic road tri­als of two con­nected car safety fea­tures.

In times of heavy traf­fic con­ges­tion, it has been es­ti­mated that up to 30 per cent of that traf­fic con­sists of ve­hi­cles look­ing for park­ing spa­ces.

The tech­nol­ogy be­ing tri­alled as part of the UK Au­to­drive project is in­tended to take the guess­work out of find­ing spa­ces by send­ing in­for­ma­tion about avail­able spa­ces di­rectly to con­nected or au­ton­o­mous cars.

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