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range rover sport successfully drives itself on one of uk s toughest roads

Range Rover Sport successfully drives itself on one of UK’s toughest roads

It’ll also go around roundabouts, recognise traffic lights and park itself better than any human can

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Christopher Ng

11 Oct 2018

Well, it looks like the time is ripe for everyone in the transportation and mobility industry to come up with automated driving. And Jaguar Land Rover has just jumped on the self-driving bandwagon.

The test mule for this exercise is the Range Rover Sport, one of the world’s best SUV that you can navigate through mud and rut, and arrive at the doorstep of a three-star Michelin restaurant all dirty but without looking out of place. JLR handpicked the Range Rover Sport because it comes standard with features such as the Adaptive Cruise Control. The SUV is modified to fit in additional navigation sensors, RADAR and LIDAR.

So, when the press release said that the self-driving Range Rover Sport tackled one of UK’s most challenging roads, we thought it was someplace that Robin Hood could have once called home. But no, the test was conducted in Coventry Ring Road, which is said to be just as horrible as our MRR2.

For the test to be successful, the RR Sport had to change lanes, merge with traffic and exit junctions at the speed limit of 40mph (64kph). To be fair, the SUV also had to, on its own, negotiate a roundabout, traffic lights, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles of all sizes on a variety of roads and road conditions. 

The end goal for Jaguar Land Rover is to produce vehicles that can drive itself through any type of terrain and weather conditions. 

A note to end this: this test is part of UK Autodrive, which is a GBP 20 million government-funded project that puts self-driving cars on the roads of Milton Keynes and Coventry for the future benefit of the public, which is definitely a better way to spend the money.
Story by CT