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Tata Motors participates in UK Autodrive with the autonomous Hexa

Tata Motors participates in UK Autodrive with the autonomous Hexa
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Monday 20 November 2017, 15:59 PM

Tata’s European arm, Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) has joined the ‘UK Autodrive’ to test the autonomous Tata Hexa on the UK roads. TMETC is a part of a consortium along with Ford and Jaguar Land Rover.

The autonomous Hexa along with JLR’s F-Pace, Range Rover Sport and Ford’s Mondeo sedan took on the streets for the first time in controlled autonomous testing. The research team plans to test public reaction to autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles around Coventry and move to Milton Keynes by the end of next year.

Tata’s subsidiaries – TMETC and JLR – are employing bespoke GPS connected vehicles that are capable of self-driving. The Ford Mondeo, on the other hand, has undergone extensive testing back home in the United States and is now looking to adapt to the UK’s condition using its own autonomous tech.

Nick Fell, director and head of TMETC, commenting on the autonomous testing, said: “This project will enable Tata Motors to test and evaluate its autonomous vehicle technology alongside world-class partners, and we are very excited about the prospect of sharing our knowledge and learning from others in this groundbreaking technology with both UK and global significance.”

The UK government is pushing for the autonomous driving technology in the country. An “Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill” was drafted recently to boost the acceptance of autonomous cars in the country. The bill also clarifies how driverless vehicles will be insured and who is accountable for damages following any kind of accidents.

 

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