Jaguar Land Rover Demonstrates All-Terrain Self-Driving Research
Jaguar Land Rover is no stranger to investing in futuristic technologies in recent years. You’ll likely recall Land Rover’s Transparent Bonnet and remote control operation. Well the automaker is now working to bring autonomous driving off the beaten path.
These self-driving technologies are designed to help drivers navigate terrain in which they might feel uncomfortable traversing, with the ultimate goal of having the vehicle travel on any type of terrain under autonomous control – even if that includes a rocky riverbed.
“Our all-terrain autonomy research isn’t just about the car driving itself on a motorway or in extreme off-road situations,” says JLR’s head of research, Tony Harper. “It’s about helping both the driven and autonomous car make their way safely through any terrain or driving situation.”
JLR accomplishes this with 3D sensing that combines cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar, and LIDAR sensors. This gives the vehicle’s computer a 360-degree view of the surrounding terrain. The system is said to be so sensitive that it can determine surface characteristics down to the width of a tire, regardless of rain or snow.
The computer then uses this view to select the proper settings for the Terrain Response system, which includes ride height on air suspension-equipped vehicles, 4WD engagement, ABS settings, and Hill Decent control, among other settings.
What’s more, JLR is working on vehicle-to-vehicle communications in conjunction with this autonomous driving system. The V2V network would allow following vehicles in a convoy to preemptively adapt to upcoming road conditions well in advance. The full explanation of the system is found in the press release below.
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The 24th installment of the James Bond franchise, set to be called "Spectre," will feature an array of eye candy for car enthusiasts, as Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that three of its special vehicles will appear in the movie. We already knew that Aston Martin’s DB10 will be the new "Bond car," but the three JLR models are likely to be equally rewarding for car fans. I say this since these will not be stock vehicles, but ones provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, which is kind of like a skunkworks team for the British company.
The breathtaking Jaguar C-X75 concept will feature in a car chase through Rome alongside Bond’s Aston Martin DB10, with Jaguar mentioning that a number of C-X75 models have been built specifically for the film in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. Unlike the original electric-gas turbine concept car, the C-X75 used in "Spectre" will be powered by a supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8, so expect some old-school exhaust sounds during the chase sequence.
The other two JLR vehicles to make an appearance are a Range Rover Sport SVR and a heavily modified Land Rover Defender, both of which have already finished filming for "Spectre" in Austria. As some of you know, the Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful production Landie ever, but I have a feeling that the Defender will leave a more lasting impression on movie-goers, thanks to its lifted chassis and 37-inch off-road tires.
Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar-Land Rover’s "Spectre" lineup.