Stories by Bennett Oghifo


Jaguar Land Rover is developing autonomous cars capable of all-terrain, off-road driving in any weather condition. The world-first ‘CORTEX’ project will take self-driving cars off-road, ensuring they are fully capable in any weather condition: dirt, rain, ice, snow or fog. As part of the project, a ‘5D’ technique combining acoustic, video, radar, light detection and distance sensing (LiDAR) data live in real-time is being engineered. Access to this combined data improves the awareness of the environmen­t the car is in. Machine-learning enables the self-driving car to behave in an increasing­ly sophistica­ted way, allowing it to handle any weather condition on any terrain. Chris Holmes, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Research Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “It’s important that we develop our selfdrivin­g vehicles with the same capability and performanc­e customers expect from all Jaguars and Land Rovers. Self-driving is an inevitabil­ity for the automotive industry and ensuring that our autonomous offering is the most enjoyable, capable and safe is what drives us to explore the boundaries of innovation. CORTEX gives us the opportunit­y to work with some fantastic partners whose expertise will help us realise this vision in the near future.” Jaguar Land Rover is developing fully- and semi-automated vehicle technologi­es, offering customers a choice of the level of automation, while maintainin­g an enjoyable and safe driving experience. This project forms part of the company’s vision to make the self-driving car viable in the widest range of real-life, on- and off-road driving environmen­ts and weather. CORTEX will develop the technology through algorithm developmen­t, sensor optimisati­on and physical testing on off-road tracks in the UK. The University of Birmingham, with its world leading research in radar and sensing for autonomous platforms and Myrtle AI, machine learning experts, join the project. CORTEX was announced as part of Innovate UK’s third round of Connected andAutonom­ous Vehicle Funding in March 2018. Meanwhile, Land Rover has enhanced its record-breaking Discovery Sport range with a new special edition. The new Landmark Edition salutes Discovery Sport’s success as the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time – coinciding with the brand’s year-long 70th anniversar­y celebratio­ns. The Landmark comes in a unique colour and trim combinatio­n, and is available with the Td4 132kW diesel 2.0-litre Ingenium engine. Finbar McFall, Global Product Marketing Director, said: “The Discovery Sport is loved by customers because it demonstrat­es the breadth of Land Rover’s ability, offering unrivalled all-terrain capability with the versatilit­y for up to seven people and a premium interior. We have sold more than 350,000 Discovery Sports globally since its introducti­on in 2014, with 126,078 models sold in 2017 – the best single-model annual sales in Land Rover’s 70-year history.”

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