Wed, Oct 10, 2018 7:50 PM
Driverless car technology in the UK has moved up a gear after it was revealed that a Range Rover Sport has recently completed a successful lap of a major UK city without assistance.
Jaguar Land Rover have been participating in the government-funded, UK Autodrive, project in and around their headquarters in Coventry and as part of the trials they have now completed the first ever self-driving lap of one of the UK’s most challenging road layouts - the Coventry Road.
“The Coventry Ring Road is known for its complicated slip roads and exits,” said JLR’s Autonomous Vehicle Research Manager, Mark Cund.
“It makes for very challenging conditions, especially when under pressure in the rush hour. Our self-driving car is not impacted by the same pressure, frustrations or fatigue that a driver may experience and so it’s capable of turning a potentially very stressful situation into a completely stress-free one.”
The Range Rover Sport successfully changed lanes, merged with traffic and exited junctions at a speed limit of 40mph in the Ring Road trial, the latest step in the £20 million UK Autodrive project. The three-year trial brings together leading technology and automotive businesses, with forward-thinking local authorities and academic institutions to deliver a government funded trial of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies.
The specially adapted Range Rover included Adaptive Cruise Control, and additional navigation sensors using both RADAR and the latest LIDAR technology which uses lasers to create a 3D image of the cars surroundings. The vehicle can now cope with roundabouts, traffic lights, pedestrians and cyclists and even park itself.
JLR have committed to making all new vehicles being electrified by 2020.