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JLR begins testing self-driving cars in Coventry

Date: 20 November 2017

Jaguar Land Rover is taking part in the UK's first real-world road testing of autonomous and connected vehicles.

As part of the £20 million UK Autodrive project, Jaguar Land Rover is testing a range of research technologies that will allow cars to talk to each other as well as roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights on the roads of Coventry. The trials will explore how future connected and autonomous vehicles can replicate human behaviour and reactions when driving.

Jaguar Land Rover is developing fully and semi-autonomous vehicle technologies to offer customers a choice of engaged or autonomous drives. The company's vision is to make the self-driving car viable in the widest range of real-life on- and off-road driving environments and weather.

Nick Rogers, executive director product engineering, Jaguar Land Rover commented: "Testing this self-driving project on public roads is so exciting, as the complexity of the environment allows us to find robust ways to increase road safety in the future. By using inputs from multiple sensors, and finding intelligent ways to process this data, we are gaining accurate technical insight to pioneer the automotive application of these technologies.

"Jaguar Land Rover is proud to be a leader in collaborative research projects for autonomous and connected cars. We are supporting innovative research that will be integral to the infrastructure, technology and legal landscape needed to make intelligent, self-driving vehicles a reality within the next decade."

Coventry is just one of 12 cities around the globe conducting tests on public roads, which will continue into 2018.