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Jaguar Land Rover works on off-road self-driving SUVs

ABR Staff Writer Published 01 June 2018

Jaguar Land Rover is developing off-road self-driving SUVs in Cortex project, which is exploring all-terrain, all- weather autonomous capability.

The project intends to take self-driving cars off-road, making sure that they are fully capable in any weather condition including dirt, rain, ice, snow or fog. 

A 5D technique integrating acoustic, video, radar, light detection and distance sensing (LiDAR) data live in real-time is being engineered as part of the project.

The company said access to the combined data enhances the awareness of the environment the car is in and machine-learning allows the self-driving car to behave in an increasingly sophisticated way.

Jaguar Land Rover is developing fully-autonmous and semi-automated vehicle technologies that offer customers a choice of the level of automation, while maintaining an enjoyable and safe driving experience.

This project is part of the company’s vision to make self-driving car viable for the widest range of real-life conditions including on and off-road driving environments and weather.

The Cortex project will develop technology by the use of algorithm development, sensor optimisation and physical testing on off-road tracks in the UK.

The University of Birmingham and Myrtle AI have also joined the project to impart their knowledge on radar and sensing for autonomous platforms and machine learning.

The project was announced as part of Innovate UK’s third round of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Funding in March 2018.

Jaguar connected and autonomous vehicle research manager Chris Holmes said: “It’s important that we develop our self-driving vehicles with the same capability and performance customers expect from all Jaguars and Land Rovers.

“Self-driving is an inevitability for the automotive industry and ensuring that our autonomous offering is the most enjoyable, capable and safe is what drives us to explore the boundaries of innovation. Cortex gives us the opportunity to work with some fantastic partners whose expertise will help us realise this vision in the near future.”

Image: JLR’s self-driving vehicle on a rough terrain. Photo: Courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.