For a while now, manufacturers have been working on new technology and vehicles which can drive themselves. Jaguar Land Rover have officially announced that by the end of the year, they will begin fully testing driver less cars on a 41 mile stretch of road through the Midlands. On top of this, JLR will also be testing communication systems between cars, which in theory will alert each vehicle of hazards up ahead. Head of research at JLR, Tony Harper, said: “Our connected and automated technology could help improve traffic flow, cut congestion and reduce the potential for accidents”.
By the end of the year, JLR will be testing some very impressive technological features;
Using a stereo mounted camera, the car will be able to create a 3D map of the upcoming roadworks, allowing the car to establish a route sticking to the centre of the lane and avoiding any traffic cones and barriers.
Once again, the camera will detect slow moving and non-moving objects when moving through a junction or traffic jam.
Over the Horizon Warning
If a vehicle has stopped, it will send a visual and audible warning to the cars around, alerting them of a possible danger ahead and allowing them to make a alternative route around.
We are really looking forward to seeing what Jaguar Land Rover have to over later in the year, and this clearly shows that exciting times are coming.
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