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Britain: Testing of connected cars by JLR and Ford

Published: 24 October 2016

Britain is to witness first trials of connected cars which can communicate with each other. This Test is going to be conducted by Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors. The cars would be using technology designed to speed up journeys and cut accidents.

The Cars being showcased in Central England at a testing ground had the ability to generate a warning signal when the connected vehicle applied brakes all of a sudden; the cars could also be connected to traffic lights and could adjust their speeds to encounter fewer red lights.

Jaguar Land Rover

With the companies like Tesla, Future Faraday leading the way towards more sophisticated technology the other manufacturers do not want to be left behind. Land Rover (JLR), owned by India’s Tata Motors will be demonstrating a self-driving Range Rover Sport which can automatically overtake slower moving cars.

“The benefits of having cars that can communicate with each other and their surroundings could be very significant — from increased road safety to improved traffic flow,” said Tim Armitage, a project director at government-backed UK Autodrive which coordinated the trials.

Britain aims to have driverless cars on its streets by the end of the decade. It is making efforts to create an industry which can serve a worldwide market which it estimates to be worth up to 900 million pounds ($1.1 billion) by 2025.In this line it had trialed a driverless car on its streets earlier this month.

The technology firms like Alphabet Inc’s Google developing autonomous vehicles the automakers in the country are gearing up for this new challenge.

Jaguar has plans to create a fleet of 100 research vehicle over the next four years to test autonomous and connected technology. Ford and Volvo are working with Uber on trials of self-driving cars in the U.S city of Pittsburgh.Volvo also has planned to trial driverless cars in London next year.



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