In the future, you’ll be able to choose autonomous technology to take away the tedious parts of a journey.
But, when the road opens up, you’ll be able to take back control and enjoy the thrill of driving. Read on to find out how our future technology could improve your journey – sooner than you think.
To test these future technologies, we’re investing in a 41 mile ‘living laboratory’ on UK roads, focusing on new Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technologies. This is the first test route capable of testing both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems on UK public roads. Our fleet of 100 connected cars will experiment with high-speed information sharing between vehicles, as well as from vehicles to infrastructure such as traffic lights and overhead gantries. But how will this make driving more enjoyable?
Technology to keep you informed
Knowing what’s ahead – or coming up behind – can help you to make better driving decisions. That’s why we’re testing Over the Horizon Warning systems, which give you an in-vehicle warning of what’s round the next corner.
Our researchers are testing Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) and Long Term Evolution 5G technology. These allow your car to communicate with overhead gantries or temporary signage, giving you a dashboard warning of any hazards ahead. This could be anything from temporary speed limits to congestion. Or, with vehicle-to-vehicle capabilities, it could even tell you if there’s an ambulance behind or a broken down car ahead.
Having the right information at the right time will not only reduce your stress, but will give you more time to make good decisions. In the future, out of sight won’t mean out of mind when you’re driving.
Technology to make driving more enjoyable
Future technology will let you choose when you want to drive and when you want your car to do the work for you. Co-operative Adaptive Cruise Control (C-ACC) is one of our research projects that could make this a reality. Using innovative Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC), a group of cars can communicate with each other and react in milliseconds to any changes in speed made by the car in front. This means cars can synchronise their braking and acceleration, maintaining a constant distance between themselves.
Ultimately, this technology will enable autonomous platooning. By connecting with the vehicles ahead, cars would be able to drive safely along a motorway in a close convoy. Each car would control its own speed, spacing and steering - following the car in front much more closely than is possible today. This would help ease congestion by improving traffic flow, road capacity, and preventing accidents – as well as making for a more pleasant driving experience whenever you’d like the car to take more of the workload.
Technology to reduce your driving stress
Congested roadworks with narrow lanes can create a stressful driving experience. Our Roadwork Assist future technology can help to reduce this strain by guiding you even when there aren’t any road markings.
The forward-facing stereo camera generates a 3D view of the road ahead, which together with advanced image processing software recognises cones and barriers. It even knows when you’re approaching the start of a roadworks system and if needed, it can apply steering assistance to keep you fully centred in your lane. To the driver, this feels like today’s reassuring Lane Keep Assist technology.
Technology to reduce accidents
Low speed collisions at roundabouts, traffic lights, or junctions are a common occurrence – especially when you’re tired or distracted. Equally, putting your car into drive instead of reverse can cause collisions with garage doors, walls, or parked cars. Our Safe Pullaway future technology can solve the problem once and for all.
Using a forward-facing stereo camera, Safe Pullaway can detect objects or vehicles in front and autonomously react if you’re going to collide. It responds to the throttle or gear selection, applying the brake automatically and giving you an audible warning. The system is smart enough to recognise when you’re pulling around an object in front, as opposed to accidentally accelerating into it, so you still have freedom to manoeuvre.
Our Overhead Clearance Assist technology addresses another form of avoidable accidents. The forward facing stereo camera measures if you’ll fit underneath a roof or an overhead barrier, such as car park entrances or even overhanging branches. This is especially useful when you’re travelling with a rooftop box or bicycle. This technology is key to the future development of 360-degree sensing for autonomous vehicles, which will enable complete awareness of your surroundings.
To the future
In the future, all of these technologies will work together to support the driver – and the full picture is exciting. You’ll be able to see what’s happening around you through advanced warnings on your dashboard. You’ll be able to relax and let the car’s intelligent technologies take over whenever you choose.
But, when you want to embrace the drive ahead and really experience Jaguar handling, you can stay fully in control – and take the wheel yourself, confident that it’s not just you with your eyes on the road.