Driverless cars take to United Kingdom roads


The features being trialled in the programme include emergency vehicle warning, which alerts connected cars that the emergency services are nearby; intersection collision warning; in-vehicle signage, which sends information about road conditions, congestion, and other incidents to the in-car display; electronic emergency brake light; green light optimal speed advisory, which sends traffic light information to a connected auto; intersection priority management, which prioritises connected cars at an intersection without signs or traffic lights; and collaborative parking.

"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".

A wide range of connected auto features will be testing during the trials.

Behind the project to bring self-driving cars to British roads is UK Autodrive, a public-private consortium co-ordinated by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Innovate UK.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said on Friday that it has completed the first tests on its self-driving vehicle on public roads.

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JLR will now use the data from the tests to gain deeper insights into how driverless vehicles can be modeled on human behavior on the road, specifically in terms of interacting with traffic infrastructure and other vehicles.

It, and Ford, are also looking at systems which will allow cars to communicate with each other. "Our Autonomous Urban Drive research is Jaguar Land Rover's next step in our development of both fully and semi-autonomous vehicle technologies".

Further trials are planned in the city next year as well as the next stages of a trial in Milton Keynes which saw driverless pods tested on the town's pavements in October 2016.

"Along with battery technology they will also help to create thousands of new jobs in the automotive sector and its supply chain". The intersection collision warning (ICW) warns the driver when it is unsafe to enter an intersection, while intersection priority management (IPM) assigns priority when two or more connected vehicles approach an intersection where there are no traffic lights or priority signs. This system alerts the driver when a vehicle in front applies its brakes, especially when it is hard to spot the vehicle during adverse weather conditions when visibility would be low.

Collaborative Parking - provides real-time information about free parking spaces either in the vicinity or close to the driver's final destination.