Testing on Self-Driving Car Able to Go Through Hazards and Roadworks Undertaken by Jaguar

Self-driving cars have become the latest phenomenon when it comes to vehicle technology, and Jaguar Land Rover aims to go a step further in the industry by testing a fleet of over a hundred self-driving cars that can go through roadworks with ease. 

Driverless cars to be tested through roadworks by Jaguar Landrover

Driverless cars to be tested through roadworks by Jaguar Landrover

More than one hundred CAVs, or connected and autonomous vehicles, are set to be tested by Jaguar Land Rover in the coming four years. The cars will be tested over public road systems, but what makes the project more infinitely interesting is the fact that the vehicles will also be tested on different roadworks.


The Roadwork Assist system – helping cars navigate through virtually everything on the road

Using a system called ‘Roadwork Assist’, the cars should be able to recognise and identify barriers and cones related to roadworks. Jaguar Land Rover has begun its first trials for the vehicles, which also includes technology for vehicles to communicate with each other and communicate with infrastructure. With this type of communication technology, vehicles can ‘talk’ to each other as well as identify and locate signs and lights on the road and gantries overhead. In the end, the aim is for vehicles to be able to share data so future cars which are connected can work together and collaborate in order to make it easier for drivers, particularly when it comes to changing lanes and crossing different junctions.

Jaguar Land Rover’s head of research, Tony Harper, is looking forward to the tests. He says that the company’s automated and connected technology could, in future, improve the flow of traffic, reduce road congestion, and decrease the risk of accidents. Mr. Harper further adds that Jaguar aims to improve a driver’s overall experience in regards to driving their vehicle, with a driver having the ability to choose the amount and extent of assistance they require. For instance, with this technology, drivers may opt for ‘autonomy assistance’ when dealing with traffic and road congestion so they can be less tired and stressed.


Safer, more efficient driving

But Mr. Harper also reiterates that even if drivers prefer to drive their car themselves, the technology could simply help them in regards to improving safety on the road. This is because the new ‘intelligent’ vehicle will be completely alert and will never be faced with distractions (unlike its human counterpart). The intelligent vehicle should be able to navigate signs, roadworks, and hazards in order to avoid accidents. In the future, these vehicles could even display a warning sign if there is an upcoming hazard around a bend or up the road that the driver could not yet see. This is because the system uses a stereo camera facing forward in order to produce a 3D road-view of the motorway ahead. And, coupled with advanced software for image-processing, the vehicle can then recognise barriers and cones and other hazards even when the driver could not see them with the naked eye.

Posted on 19 Aug 2016 in Technology

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