Cars Land Rover is developing self-driving off-roaders

16:50  01 june  2018
16:50  01 june  2018 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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Land Rover used to say it is the best 4x4xfar. Now it aims to move this claim into the autonomous age by developing vehicles that drive themselves …

Land Rover desires to take self - driving vehicles off highway. The automaker is launching a challenge known as Cortex to develop an autonomous-driving The purpose of off-roading is that it presents a problem for drivers, so it is unclear what the marketability of an autonomous off - roader can be.

Land Rover Discovery off-road © Provided by Motoring Research Land Rover Discovery off-road

Land Rover used to say it is the best 4x4xfar. Now it aims to move this claim into the autonomous age by developing vehicles that drive themselves off-road, with the launch of a new all-terrain autonomous programme called CORTEX.

The ambitious project has been announced with £3.7 million of funding, to develop vehicles that can drive themselves no matter what the weather and terrain – this includes dirt, rain, ice, snow and fog. Today’s driver-assist technology is frequently disabled when it rains: Land Rover aims to overcome this.

But it’s even more complex than that. The autonomous systems need to be able to read all types of terrain, no matter how steep, uneven or extreme.

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Land Rovers Autonomous Off Roader Could Actually Solve A Big Problem For Self Driving Cars. This Vary Rover isn’t autonomous, however it’s off-roading. Photograph: Land Rover .

Still, Land Rover is pretty bullish on the whole thing. “It’s important that we develop our self - driving vehicles with the same capability and performance customers expect from all Jaguars and Land Rovers ,” said Chris Holmes, Connected and The Next BMW X5 Will Be A Serious Off - Roader .

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This is why the core of the project is the development of the world’s first ‘5D’ technology: it is this that will enable highest-level Level 4 and Level 5 off-road autonomy.

Land Rover says 5D will combine acoustic, video, radar, light detection and distance sensing tech in real time, with the addition of machine learning to help the vehicle improve and get more sophisticated over time.

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

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Self - Driving Off - Roaders ? Now they’d moved further, as Jaguar Land Rover revealed, it will create a 100-car fleet for developing a series of connected and autonomous driving technologies.

Jaguar Land Rover wants to crack the incalculable surfaces with autonomous off - roaders that can determine what surface they are driving on. Jaguar Land Rover is developing a fleet of semi-autonomous cars.

  Land Rover is developing self-driving off-roaders

“Self-driving is an inevitability for the automotive industry… CORTEX gives us the opportunity to work with some fantastic partners whose expertise will help us realise this vision in the near future.”

Land Rover will now work on the algorithm development, sensor optimisation and physical testing at off-road tracks throughout Britain – in association with the University of Birmingham and machine learning experts Myrtle AI.

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