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UK demos self-driving cars talking among themselves

UK demos self-driving cars tal...
The demonstration was the culmination of a first set of connected car trials as part of the UK Autodrive project
The demonstration was the culmination of a first set of connected car trials as part of the UK Autodrive project
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The demonstration was the culmination of a first set of connected car trials as part of the UK Autodrive project
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The demonstration was the culmination of a first set of connected car trials as part of the UK Autodrive project
The UK Autodrive demonstration of the "Electronic Emergency Brake Light Assist" functionality showed how safety could be improved in instances where a driver may not have a good view of what is happening ahead
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The UK Autodrive demonstration of the "Electronic Emergency Brake Light Assist" functionality showed how safety could be improved in instances where a driver may not have a good view of what is happening ahead
As part of the UK Autodrive demonstration, a car was shown communicating to cars behind that it had braked severely, with the drivers in the following cars alerted accordingly
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As part of the UK Autodrive demonstration, a car was shown communicating to cars behind that it had braked severely, with the drivers in the following cars alerted accordingly
The UK Autodrive demonstration saw information being sent from traffic lights to vehicles, allowing the vehicles to adjust their speed to reduce the chance of their encountering a red light
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The UK Autodrive demonstration saw information being sent from traffic lights to vehicles, allowing the vehicles to adjust their speed to reduce the chance of their encountering a red light
Jaguar Land Rover's "Advanced Highway Assist" functionality allows a vehicle to not only stay in lane autonomously on a highway, but also to overtake slower-moving vehicles autonomously
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Jaguar Land Rover's "Advanced Highway Assist" functionality allows a vehicle to not only stay in lane autonomously on a highway, but also to overtake slower-moving vehicles autonomously
Jaguar Land Rover's Advanced Highway Assist functionality is able to reject an overtaking request in the event that the vehicle detects another vehicle in its blind spot
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Jaguar Land Rover's Advanced Highway Assist functionality is able to reject an overtaking request in the event that the vehicle detects another vehicle in its blind spot

While self-driving vehicles will be revolutionary, having self-driving vehicles communicate with one another and with road infrastructure will take that revolution to the Nth degree. In a UK-first, a cross-company collaborative demonstration of these technologies working together has taken place.

"The benefits of having cars that can communicate with each other and their surroundings could be very significant," says Arup's UK Autodrive project director Tim Armitage."From increased road safety to improved traffic flow, more efficient parking and better information for drivers."

As part of the demonstration, a car was shown communicating to cars behind that it had braked severely, with the drivers in the following cars alerted accordingly. This functionality is seen to have particular potential for improving safety in instances where a driver may not have a good view of what is happening ahead, such as when it is foggy.

Also demonstrated was information being sent from traffic lights to vehicles, allowing the vehicles to adjust their speed so as to reduce the chance of encountering a red light. The implementation of such connected technology in production vehicles could improve traffic flow and reduce emissions.

The demonstration was the culmination of a first set of connected car trials as part of the UK Autodrive project, of which the "Low-carbon Urban Transport Zone" (LUTZ) Pathfinder project was also part. The trials were carried out over the course of two weeks at the Horiba Mira proving ground in Nuneaton by project partners Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC).

Jaguar Land Rover demonstrated an additional non-connected Advanced Highway Assist functionality. This allowed its vehicle to not only stay in the lane autonomously on a highway, but also to overtake slower-moving vehicles autonomously.

More trials are planned at the proving ground early next year and in restricted areas of Milton Keynes and Coventry later next year. A series of open road trials and demonstrations are scheduled for 2018.

Sources: UK Autodrive, Jaguar Land Rover

5 comments
VincentWolf
I can just see a series of self driving cars hogging the roads by making it impossible for someone to pass on the left, etc. They could be worse than the typical lone idiots that do this!
Bob Flint
No worries no vehicle will talk with my 17 year van, except maybe the mutterings from the encapsulated beings in the self driving slugs...as I zip past & around.
LordInsidious
I think the notion that these cars would be programmed to anything other than law abiding and courteous is ridiculous. They will keep right except to pass, merge and allow merging (etc.) better than the vast majority of drivers.
Jimmy the Geek
Yes, computers don't have attitudes. It should be much safer especially once a large enough database is developed to cover 99.9% of real life scenarios.
wle
So pedestrians, bikes, disabled veterans in battery wheelchairs, and old VW bugs will have to have these smart thingies, or risk death and destruction?