And the au­ton­o­mous car gives way to?

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A new au­ton­o­mous driv­ing re­search project may help re­duce the num­ber of ac­ci­dents at New Zealand round­abouts in the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal spokesper­son. Min­istry of Trans­port statis­tics show around nine per­cent of all ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing in­juries at in­ter­sec­tions in New Zealand oc­cur at round­abouts. A multi-mil­lion-dol­lar project in the UK called Au­to­plex, is de­signed to de­velop ve­hi­cles to see around cor­ners and through ob­sta­cles – im­prov­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity of self-driv­ing cars. This will en­able au­to­mated cars to com­mu­ni­cate with all road users and ob­sta­cles where there is no di­rect view – ef­fec­tively help­ing them see – so they can safely merge lanes and ne­go­ti­ate com­plex round­abouts au­tonomously. Jaguar Land Rover gen­eral man­ager Steve Kench­ing­ton says the tech­nol­ogy may help pre­vent ac­ci­dents at round­abouts in this coun­try by com­bin­ing con­nected, au­to­mated and live map­ping tech­nol­ogy to al­low self-driv­ing cars to ‘see’ and ‘talk to’ each other. “Some­one is killed or se­ri­ously in­jured on a round­about al­most ev­ery day in New Zealand. “The self-driv­ing tech­nol­ogy be­ing re­searched will help make nav­i­gat­ing this type of in­ter­sec­tion a lot safer for all road users. “The fact that this is be­ing de­vel­oped in the UK is sig­nif­i­cant, as in many ways New Zealand has more sim­i­lar driv­ing con­di­tions to that mar­ket as com­pared to USA where self­driv­ing tech­nol­ogy is also be­ing re­searched,” he says. Kench­ing­ton says there is about one round­about for ev­ery 127 in­ter­sec­tions in the UK, but only about one for ev­ery 1118 in­ter­sec­tions in the USA. Jaguar Land Rover is lead­ing the Au­to­plex project to com­bine con­nected, au­to­mated and live map­ping tech so more in­for­ma­tion is pro­vided ear­lier to the self-driv­ing car. He says the car maker is de­vel­op­ing fully- and semi­au­to­mated ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies, of­fer­ing cus­tomers a choice of an en­gaged or au­to­mated drive, while main­tain­ing an en­joy­able and safe driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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