Jaguar Land Rover is researching the capabilities of autonomous driving by beginning the ‘Autonomous all-terrain driving’ project.
This research project aims to put valuable and needed research into autonomous driving for all-terrain vehicles, and JLR is investing money into the development of advance sensor technologies, which would allow safe autonomous driving, not just on normal roads, but off-road also.
With Surface Identification and 3D Path Sensing, which combines cameras, ultrasonic, radar and LIDAR sensors, the car has a 360-degree view of its surroundings so it can analyse the terrain appropriately.
The ultrasonic sensors can scan five metres ahead so the car knows what’s coming and JLR believes that its research will help bring forward the development of the autonomous vehicle.
Head of Research at Jaguar Land Rover, Tony Harper said: “Our all-terrain autonomy research isn’t just about the car driving itself on a motorway or in extreme off-road situations. It’s about helping both the driven and autonomous car make their way safely through any terrain or driving situation.
“We don’t want to limit future highly-automated and fully autonomous technologies to tarmac. When the driver turns off the road, we want this support and assistance to continue.
“In the future, if you enjoy the benefits of autonomous lane-keeping on a motorway at the start of your journey, we want to ensure you can use this all the way to your destination, even if this is via a rough track or gravel road.”
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.