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Self-driving Range Rover completes first autonomous lap of Coventry Ring Road

Self-driving Range Rover completes first autonomous lap of Coventry Ring Road


Prototype Range Rover Sport successfully navigates one of the UK’s trickiest roads without driver input

Jaguar Land Rover has taken a step closer to an autonomous future with a new public display — completing an entirely driverless lap of one of the UK’s trickiest public roads.

The firm sent a Range Rover Sport equipped with self-driving tech around Coventry’s Ring Road, with the goal of taking itself around the route safely.

full view of Self driving Range Rover prototype

JLR opted to use the Range Rover Sport for its pre-existing assistance systems, including Adaptive Cruise Control. To give it its fully driverless capabilities, RADAR and LIDAR sensors were also fitted.

It was a success, with the car safely changing lanes, merging with traffic, exiting junctions and sticking to the 40mph speed limit without any input from the driver.

inside the self driving Range Rover

JLR also says the tech allows the car to autonomously navigate roundabouts safely while also making it capable of dealing with pedestrians, cyclists, traffic lights and other vehicles on complicated roads.

Mark Cund, autonomous vehicle research manager for Jaguar Land Rover, said:

“The Coventry Ring Road is known for its complicated slip roads and exits. It makes for very challenging conditions, especially when under pressure in the rush hour. “Our self-driving car is not impacted by the same pressure, frustrations or fatigue that a driver may experience and so it’s capable of turning a potentially very stressful situation into a completely stress-free one.”

The trial was undertaken as part of the government-funded, £20 million UK Autodrive project — an initiative to test autonomous tech in Coventry and Milton Keynes, in an effort to put the UK at the forefront of driverless vehicle development.