Self-driving Sport sent to Coventry

Autonomous Range Rover tackles tricky thoroughfare

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There are probably places most people would prefer to be than on the Coventry Ring Road, but its complex layout makes it the ideal place for real-world testing a self-driving vehicle. The Range Rover Sport has completed the first ever self-driving lap of it, following significant testing on closed road tracks. The trial is part of the £20m government-funded project UK Autodrive.

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Chosen for its performance and existing features, such as adaptive cruise control, the Sport has been modified to include additional navigation sensors, radar and lidar (laser version of radar). Coupled with the UK Autodrive research, the vehicle can now autonomously handle roundabouts, traffic lights, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles on complicated roads. It can also park itself.

Mark Cund, Jaguar Land Rover Autonomous Vehicle Research Manager, said: ‘The Coventry Ring Road is known for its complicated slip roads and exits. It makes for very challenging conditions, especially when under pressure in the rush hour.

‘Our self-driving car is not impacted by the same pressure, frustrations or fatigue that a driver may experience and so it’s capable of turning a potentially very stressful situation into a completely stress-free one.’

For more information on the standard Range Rover Sport go to: Land Rover