JLR ties up interactive car research partnership

JLR ties up interactive car research partnership
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced details of a high-profile collaboration as it works towards developing technology capable of allowing cars to communicate with each other.

The British car maker has autonomous vehicle development as a top priority, so news of this new partnership with Ford and Tata Motors is being seen as a healthy sign for the progression of the technology on these shores.

The news comes a week after Ford has announced it is developing technology that will use information on traffic light timings from roadside units to help drivers avoid getting stopped at a red.

Working together on the three-year Autodrive research and development project – believed to be costing around £20 million – the three firms will all be involved in the testing of connected and driverless technology.

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It is hoped the new tie-up will lead to the testing and development of cars that also have the potential to communicate with traffic lights.

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Jaguar Land Rover’s head of research, Tony Harper, said: “We know that there’s a huge potential for these technologies in future vehicles around the world.

“Until now we have focused on communication between Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, but this collaborative approach is a major stepping stone towards all connected and autonomous vehicles co-operating with each other in the future.

“Our aim is to give drivers exactly the right information at the right time and collaborations with other manufacturers are essential to help us deliver this commitment to our customers.”

It is hoped that the systems developed by the powerful triumvirate will have the capability to be applied to off-road, as well as on-road motoring.

JLR says the overall aim is to help drivers with the more tedious and boring aspects of day-to-day motoring.

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The UK motor giant is currently working on an advanced highway assist system. If successful it will allow cars to independently overtake other vehicles, without the need for its driver to even make contact with the accelerator or steering mechanisms.

Other systems that will be explored over the course of the project include a safety feature which can sense when the driver in front slams on the brakes, even when lights are obscured by bad weather or another vehicle.

It is also hoped that connected cars will benefit from real-time updates from traffic lights to alert drivers as to whether or not to reduce their speed for upcoming lights, or continue, to help keep traffic moving.

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