Jaguar Land Rover to test self-driving cars on UK roads
Jaguar Land Rover have revealed plans to invest in a 41 mile “living laboratory” project on UK roads to develop new Connected and Autonomous Vehicle technologies. The area includes 41 miles of roads around Coventry and Solihull, and will be used to evaluate new systems in real-world driving conditions.
The £5.5 million UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK-CITE, if you want something a little catchier) project will create the first test route capable of testing both vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure systems on public roads, with new roadside equipment installed along the route to enable testing of a fleet of up to 100 connected and highly automated cars.
“This real-life laboratory will allow Jaguar Land Rover’s research team and project partners to test new connected and autonomous vehicle technologies on five different types of roads and junctions. Similar research corridors already exist in other parts of Europe so this test route is exactly the sort of innovation infrastructure the UK needs to compete globally.
“The connected and autonomous vehicle features we will be testing will improve road safety, enhance the driving experience, reduce the potential for traffic jams and improve traffic flow. These technologies will also help us meet the increasing customer demand for connected services whilst on the move.” – Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research & Technology, Jaguar Land Rover
Connected technology will be a key enabler of future intelligent transport systems, as these would help traffic authorities monitor and manage traffic flow, and then provide the driver or autonomous car with guidance to optimise the journey. Cars would co-operate to make lane changing and exiting from junctions more efficient and safer, and would enable vehicles to autonomously follow each other in close formation (platooning) to make driving safer and use road space more efficiently.
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