The trials taking place today mark the completion of the final stage of private test track demonstrations. The project will now move onto public road trials, debuting onto closed-off streets – an important milestone for the £20 million research and development project.
Project partners Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) led the demonstrations, showcasing a series of connected car and autonomous vehicle technologies that will now be prepared for trials on the roads of Milton Keynes and Coventry.
Taking place at HORIBA MIRA’s world-renowned proving ground, demonstrations included showcasing how connected vehicles can inform their drivers if an emergency vehicle is approaching, and how vehicles can issue intersection collision warnings upon approaching a difficult junction allowing a driver to react to oncoming traffic even without line of sight, by which time it may be too late. There was also a demonstration on how connected cars can be sent information from road signs, such as ‘Road Works Ahead’ or national speed limit displays. Additionally, a demonstration took place of a highly automated vehicle capable of negotiating complex urban roads without any driver intervention.