Trials set to continue through to 2018


Jaguar Land Rover have revealed they’ve begun testing autonomous vehicles in the UK, with some trials underway already.

The automotive company have started testing partial and fully autonomous cars on the streets of Coventry and trials are set to continue through to 2018.

The plans are part of their £20million Autodrive project in the UK and the company will be testing a number of new technologies such as talking cars in the hope safety will be improved upon.

Jaguar Land Rover begin testing autonomous vehicles on roads in Coventry

Jaguar Land Rover begin testing autonomous vehicles on roads in Coventry. This is one of JLR’s autonomous cars © Jaguar Land Rover


Not only can the cars talk to each other, the autonomous Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles being used in the trials have the ability to recognise roadside infrastructure including traffic lights and signage.

“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,” said JLR’s executive director for product engineering Nick Rogers.

The company might be looking to a future which includes fully autonomous cars but they are also trialling semi-autonomous features which will enable drivers to maintain a vital level of control.

According to JLR, their systems will make the self-driving car feasible “in the widest range of real-life, on and off-road driving environments”.

Last week saw the first urban trials begin in Coventry, making it the thirteenth city throughout the world conducing similar kinds of tests.

To ensure JLR gather the best data to cover all real-life scenarios, the trial cars will be tested in every type of weather condition.

“By using inputs from multiple sensors and finding intelligent ways to process this data, we are gaining accurate technical insight to pioneer the automotive application of these technologies,” said Mr Rogers.


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