Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors test connected and autonomous cars in the UK

As part of UK Autodrive project, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre jointly demonstrated today a number of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. The demonstration showcased cars that can warn their drivers when another connected car up ahead has braked severely, and how connected cars can be sent information from traffic lights.

uk-autodrive-006-1024x768The UK’s first collaborative trials of connected and autonomous vehicle technology were successfully completed on today as part of UK Autodrive project, a government-backed competition to support the introduction of self-driving vehicles into the UK. In these tests, UK Autodrive partners Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) jointly demonstrated a number of future vehicle technologies at HORIBA MIRA’s Proving Ground in Nuneaton.

The three vehicle manufacturers were able to successfully showcased cars that can warn their drivers when another connected car up ahead has braked severely, lowering the risk of rear-end collisions when the driver’s view is obscured, for example, by fog or other vehicles.

They also showed how connected cars can be sent information from traffic lights, allowing them to reduce the likelihood of meeting red lights – potentially improving future traffic flow and lowering emissions in urban areas.

Jaguar Land Rover also used the event to demonstrate a self-driving Range Rover Sport that was able to overtake slower moving vehicles automatically – and also reject overtake requests if it detects another vehicle in the occupant’s blind spot.

Further UK Autodrive trials and demonstrations are scheduled to take place at HORIBA MIRA during the spring of next year, before moving out onto closed-off areas of Milton Keynes and Coventry in late 2017. The project will culminate in a series of open road trials and demonstrations to be held in both cities in 2018.

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