A self-driving Range Rover Sport has driven around the Coventry Ring Road completing a full lap of one of the UK’s most challenging roads.
The specially-adapted prototype took to the A4053 as part of
an autonomous driving trial, tackling lane changes, merging with traffic and
busy junctions in its stride.
Mark Cund, Autonomous Vehicle Research Manager at Jaguar
Land Rover, said the Coventry Ring Road is known for its complicated slip roads
and exits, which makes it challenging, especially during rush hour traffic.
“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
The Range Rover Sport was chosen to be the prototype vehicle
thanks to its performance and existing features, such as Adaptive Cruise
Control. It was modified to include additional navigation sensors, radar and
lidar – a laser measuring system.
This trial will be one of the last under the three-year
government-funded Autodrive UK project, which comes to an end later this month.
During the duration of the trials, Jaguar Land Rover
engineers have undertaken numerous tests on closed tracks and public roads in
Milton Keynes and Coventry. They have also developed connected features such as
helping autonomous vehicles to read the road ahead better by communicating with
others and the road’s infrastructure.
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