Autonomous vehicle trials take to United Kingdom roads

Autonomous vehicle trials take to United Kingdom roads

JLR will test its cars in all weather conditions, in order to gain the widest-ranging and most appropriate data for real-life situations.

Public road trials of connected and autonomous vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover and Ford have started in the UK.

It's not just the car-based technology that's under scrutiny, though - the JLR team is also working with connected street furniture, such as traffic lights that talk to the vehicle and cars that communicate information to each other.

"The fundamental goal of UK Autodrive is to get connected and autonomous vehicle technology out onto UK roads, so the start of trialling on the streets of Coventry is clearly a major landmark both for the project and for the UK as a whole", said Tim Armitage, UK Autodrive project director, in a canned quote.

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Initially the cars will run on closed off sections of road before open road trials and demonstrations in both Coventry and Milton Keynes next year.

Testing this self-driving project on public roads is so exciting, as the complexity of the environment allows us to find robust ways to increase road safety in the future. "Our previous private test track trials showed that the technology works but it is only on real roads that we will start to see the scale of the benefits that it can bring to the general public".

The real-world testing is now taking place on the streets of Coventry, near JLR's Whitley headquarters, as part of the £20 million UK Autodrive project. On one side, tech giants and auto makers are racing against each other to develop self-driving vehicle tech; on the other, auto makers like Tesla have helped accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. Tests have passed in a regular mode, on-road incidents during the test are not reported.

The hope is that Autodrive will help make the United Kingdom a global centre for the research and development into automated and connected vehicles, and into making them a part of daily life.

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