First on-road tests for self-driv­ing Jaguar Land Rovers

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Jaguar Land Rover is tak­ing part in the UK’s first road tests for au­ton­o­mous and con­nected ve­hi­cles. Real- world test­ing takes Jaguar Land Rover another step closer to bring­ing an in­tel­li­gent ve­hi­cle to re­al­ity.

As part of the STG20m UK Au­to­drive project, Jaguar Land Rover is test­ing a range of re­search tech­nolo­gies that will al­low cars to talk to each other as well as road­side in­fra­struc­ture, such as traf­fic lights on the roads of Coven­try. The tri­als will ex­plore how fu­ture con­nected and au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles can repli­cate hu­man be­hav­iour and re­ac­tions when driv­ing.

Jaguar Land Rover is de­vel­op­ing both fully and semi-au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies to of­fer customers a choice of an en­gaged or au­ton­o­mous drive, while main­tain­ing an en­joy­able and safe driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The com­pany’s vi­sion is to make the self- driv­ing car vi­able in the widest range of real- life, on- and off- road driv­ing en­vi­ron­ments and weather.

Nick Rogers, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor – Prod­uct Engi­neer­ing, Jaguar Land Rover said that test­ing this self- driv­ing project on pub­lic roads was so ex­cit­ing, as the com­plex­ity of the en­vi­ron­ment allows car- maker to find ro­bust ways to in­crease road safety in the fu­ture. “By us­ing in­puts from mul­ti­ple sen­sors, and find­ing in­tel­li­gent ways to process this data, we are gain­ing ac­cu­rate tech­ni­cal in­sight to pi­o­neer the au­to­mo­tive ap­pli­ca­tion of these tech­nolo­gies.”

With the launch of the tri­als, Coven­try joins just 12 other cities in con­duct­ing tests on pub­lic roads glob­ally.

UK Au­to­drive is the largest of three con­sor­tia launched to sup­port the in­tro­duc­tion of self- driv­ing ve­hi­cles into the UK. It is help­ing to es­tab­lish the UK as a global hub for re­search, de­vel­op­ment and in­te­gra­tion of au­to­mated and con­nected ve­hi­cles into so­ci­ety. The con­sor­tium has al­ready proven these re­search tech­nolo­gies in a closed track en­vi­ron­ment and the start of real-world test­ing is the next step to turn­ing the re­search into re­al­ity. The tri­als will con­tinue into 2018.

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