Jaguar Land Rover Begins Testing Autonomous Vehicles on British Roads

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【Summary】Britain’s largest automotive manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, has started to test driverless vehicles on the country’s roads, as it looks to lead the way forward for Britain’s autonomous race.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Nov 26, 2017 10:15 AM PT
Jaguar Land Rover Begins Testing Autonomous Vehicles on British Roads

Various automakers and companies are testing semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles in the United States and while there's not a lot of news on British automakers and companies testing autonomous vehicles in the country, there's a lot going on across the Atlantic Ocean. Earlier this year, Autodrive, which is a collaboration featuring Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, and Tata Motors, began its trials across the country. The trials, though, focused on revealing how cars will communicate in the future. 

Jaguar Land Rover Leads The Way For Britain

After working on how its cars will communicate earlier this year, Jaguar Land Rover is going to shift its focus to autonomous cars as the automaker has started to test driverless vehicles on Britain's public roads, reports The Telegraph. The car the automaker's testing, though, don't look nearly as good as Jaguar's self-driving concept, which it's calling Future-type. According to the outlet, Jaguar Land Rover, as Britain's largest manufacturer, looks to solidify its role as one of the leaders in autonomous-vehicle technologies in the country. 

As The Telegraph reports, this is the first time a British automaker has used the country's public roads to test self-driving vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover has, according to the outlet, been testing "computer-controlled vehicles" on public roads for several weeks. 

"We stand on the brink of a mobility revolution," said chief executive of JLR, Ralf Speth. "The impact of the changes we are about to embrace will be huge across all sectors of the UK economy. The opportunities are great: this mobility revolution will change lives profoundly." 

Jaguar Land Rover, according to The Telegraph, are operating on a half-mile route on Conventry's roads that classify as a "mixed use" area. A safety driver is aboard all of the vehicles, but the outlet claims that they are in place to take control of the vehicle in the case of an emergency. Besides that, the vehicles are reportedly driving on their own, detecting pedestrians, traffic, signals, and other necessary driving tasks on their own. The Telegraph claims that the safety drivers are operating in a "hands-off, feet-off" scenario. 

Autonomous Cars Are Set To Reshape Britain

The automaker's move to begin testing driverless cars in the country should be a reassuring one to Britain, as autonomous vehicles are expected to play a large role in the country's future. As The Telegraph reports, a study by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders believes that 320,000 British jobs could be created by 2030. 

The country, as the outlet reports, also has a head start on other countries, as it never ratified the Vienna Convention, which required that "every driver shall at all times be able to control his vehicle." Instead of having to rewrite the law to test autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel of the vehicle on public roads, automakers and tech companies in the country can do as they please within reason. 

As one of Autodrive's automakers, Jaguar Land Rover's research and developments will also be provided to the other automakers. Ford, as the outlet claims, is hard at work on making a system that allows vehicles to communicate with one another. With the two automakers working in tandem on different, but necessary automotive technology for the future, it's only a matter of time until Britain catches up to the U.S. when it comes to autonomous vehicles.

via: The Telegraph

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