Self-drive Sport passes its test
A brave new world for Land Rover took a giant step closer after a self-driving Range Rover Sport performed impeccably during a rush-hour test on one of Britain’s busiest roads.
Packed full of hi-tech equipment including cameras, laser sensors (lidar), 3D imagery and radars, the prototype L494 Sport took to the Coventry Ring Road and mixed it with the rush-hour traffic. At speeds of up to 40mph, it changed lanes, merged with traffic, dealt seamlessly with roundabouts and traffic lights, and negotiated complex road layouts that daily prove challenging for drivers.
And, of course, at the end of the test, it parked itself (no doubt better than most of us could have managed).
The Sport’s on-board technology uses the internet to connect vehicles with each other, and also to the road network infrastructure.
This is no pie in the sky – Land Rover plans to make self-driving vehicles a reality within the next decade.
Driverless Sport was sent to Coventry