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Jaguar Land-Rover working on autonomous driving tech for all terrain

Jaguar Land-Rover working on autonomous driving tech for all terrain
Sagar Bhanushali Sagar Bhanushali Tuesday 12 July 2016, 08:41 AM

Jaguar Land-Rover has just announced that its new autonomous driving technology would allow future autonomous cars to drive itself over any surface or terrain. The brand, known for making some of the most capable luxury SUVs ever, is currently developing autonomous off-road driving tech.

The brand’s multi-million pound project aims to make self-driving cars viable both on and off-road and under varied weather conditions. JLR clearly doesn’t want to limit the future of self-driven cars to the tarmac.

To enable this level of autonomous all-terrain capability, Jaguar Land-Rover’s boffins are developing sensing technologies that will be the eyes of the future autonomous car. Because the sensors are always active and can see better than the driver, this advanced sensing will ultimately give a vehicle the high levels of artificial intelligence required for the car to think for itself and plan the route on any surface.

The research includes surface identification and 3D path sensing and combines cameras, ultrasonic, radar and sensors to give the car a 360 degree view, with sensors so advanced that the car could determine surface characteristics, down to the width of a tyre, even in rain and snow, to plan its route. Ultrasonic sensors can identify surface conditions by scanning up to five metres ahead of the car, so Terrain Response settings could be automatically changed before the car drives from tarmac to snow or from grass to sand. The brand hopes to optimise all-terrain performance with this all-new tech which is expected to come with the next-generation Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

 

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