Driverless Cars in Coventry

Jaguar Land Rover plan to test driverless car project on Coventry Roads

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Coventry car maker Jaguar Land Rover intend to create over 100 research vehicles as part of a driverless car project. A four-year-long project, they will be tested on motorways in Coventry.

Initial features of the cars include cars being able to talk to each other and roadside signs, traffic lights and overhead gantries.

The cars can possibly communicate with each other to make driving, lane changing and junction crossing easier.

Tony Harper, head of research at JLR, said, “Our connected and automated technology could help improve traffic flow, cut congestion and reduce the potential for accidents.

“We will also improve the driving experience, with drivers able to choose how much support and assistance they need.

“In traffic, for example, the driver could choose autonomy assist during tedious or stressful parts of the journey.

“But even when an enthusiastic driver is fully focussed on enjoying the thrill of the open road, the new technology we are creating will still be working in the background to help keep them safe.

“Because the intelligent car will always be alert and is never distracted, it could guide you through road works and prevent accidents.

Jaguar are also creating an assistance system called Safe Pullaway intending to prevent accidents when cars get too close vehicles in front of them during traffic jams. Additional innovations include Over the Horizon and Hazard Ahead.

They are the latest company to spearhead driverless car technology. It was even announced in February that millions of pounds had been put into the first fully connected road test environment for vehicles.

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