Jaguar Land Rover
The UK’s largest automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has been testing driverless cars on public roads.
The tests run for several weeks on a half mile track in Coventry city centre.
The vehicles rely on sensors to detect traffic, pedestrians and signals but have a person on the Board to respond to emergencies.
Car makers and tech companies are competing to tap hard, in the new technology.
Jaguar Land Rover
Last October, conducted the first public test version of some of the Autonomous vehicles in Milton Keynes, where the little self-driving pods – two-seater cars were allowed – the Navigation in a traffic-calmed area in Milton Keynes.
It was part of the government-supported attempts aimed at the proliferation of self-driving vehicles by 2020.
JLR hopes his studies will help to understand how self-driving vehicles, the interaction with other traffic participants, and how human behavior is replicated during the journey.
He and Ford are also systems that allow cars with each other to communicate.
This means, when a vehicle suddenly stops, your Computer will warn the car behind.
JLR and Ford are part of the £20m UK drive project, in the local authorities and the insurer and is funded by the government.
Nick Rogers, the company, the executive director for product engineering, said: “the examination of these self-driving project on public roads is as exciting as the complexity of the environment allows us to find robust ways to increase road safety in the future.”
Analysis: Richard Westcott, Transport Correspondent
I was recently at a conference, full of the great and the good of the driverless car world, and I came away thinking that there is more to it than I thought originally, before fully Autonomous cars are commonplace on our roads.
Why? Because of the people.
Researchers at the University of Southampton routes have been testing people in simulators and on test since years. You have tried to find out how well the people take back the control, when the computer goes wrong. I had a go in their simulator.
Anyway, here’s their sobering results.
“In simulated emergencies, up to one-third of the drivers in automated vehicles is not the situation, considering that nearly all drivers of manual vehicles that were in the same situation, will be able to do this. In addition, studies showed that drivers of automated vehicles took on average six times longer to respond to emergency braking of vehicles in comparison to the manual driver.”
Personally, I have no doubt that cars will eventually be fully automated. Too many big companies invest a lot of money for any other result.
And the benefits could change the world. Reductions in accidents, air pollution, traffic jams. Mobility for older people, people with disabilities.
But there are still many significant problems that need to be eradicated before we get there.
An automated, and electric vehicles draft law is currently being discussed in Parliament, how the new technologies work in the UK.
Largest automotive manufacturers are eager to head competition not only from each other, but also from technology companies such as Alphabet Waymo, which is also the development of Autonomous vehicles.
Waymo said earlier this month that it is a ride-hailing service starts with no human behind the wheel.
It is the examination of the fully self-driving cars on public roads in the U.S. state of Arizona.