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Jaguar To Test Self-Drive & Connected Tech On Real Roads

Jaguar Land Rover to test: Roadwork Assist, Safe Pullaway, Over The Horizon and Emergency Vehicle Warning systems.

New technology could make roads safer, manufacturer says

Jaguar Land Rover plans to create a fleet of one-hundred cars to test autonomous and connected systems that prevent accidents and reduce stress, the manufacture explained. The first “research cars” look set to be tested on a real-world, forty-one mile, route that incorporates motorways and urban roads around Coventry and Solihul.

Roadwork Assist

Roadwork Assist is among such systems. It incorporates forward-facing, stereo, cameras that alongside software produce a three-dimensional view of the road. It recognises cones, barriers and where the road narrows. It then picks a route and applies “steering assistance” to help motorists more easily stay centred in the lane.

Jaguar Land Rover's Head of Research, Tony Harper, said: “Driving through congested roadworks can be a stressful experience for many people – especially when the lanes narrow and switch to the other side of the road or if road markings are faint, obscured, or missing.”

He added: “To overcome this, our prototype system will guide the vehicle to the centre of the narrow lane (thus) reducing driver workload and stress. With further research, in the future this system could enable the car to drive autonomously through roadworks.”

Safe Pullaway

The Safe Pullaway system prevents low speed crashes when moving off. The catalyst for such mishaps might be incorrect throttle usage, i.e. to enthusiastic or selecting the wrong gear, i.e. forwards not reverse. The system monitors the region ahead via a stereo camera for hazards such as vehicles, walls and garage doors. 

Let us consider the benefits of this system. Motorists might accidentally accelerate hard while queuing, nose-to-tail, in slow traffic. Safe Pullaway brakes to maintain distance and sounds an alarm. Alternatively, it brakes if drivers select forward gears then accelerate whilst parked, nose-in, extremely close to hazards.

Over The Horizon Warning

The Horizon Warning system enables vehicle to vehicle communication via radio waves. Imagine Vehicle “A” stops immediately after a blind corner on a fast, congested, road. The system then transmits a “hazard ahead” visual/audible warning to other, nearby, vehicles.

Mr Harper added: “Over The Horizon will make driving safer and could help prevent traffic jams and accidents. Providing the right information at the right time will enable better and safer decision-making, whether the car is driven by a human or is autonomous.”

Emergency Vehicle Warning

Emergency Vehicle Warning confirms when connected ambulances, police vehicles or fire appliances are within close proximity. Motorists receive visual and audible warnings – before emergency vehicles can be seen or heard – to reveal the direction of travel and location. Drivers then have more time to move out the way.