Jaguar Land Rover has given four Invictus Games athletes the opportunity to experience the future of autonomous driving on some of the UK’s most complicated roads.
Team GB captain Mark Perkins and Italian athlete Simone
Careddu joined former competitors Jamie Weller and JJ Chalmers for a ride in a
Level 4 autonomous Range Rover Sport around the streets of Milton Keynes.
The technology, developed by the UK Autodrive Consortium,
gave the Invictus Games stars a chance to see first-hand how an autonomous
vehicle can navigate complicated roundabouts, junctions, lane changes and
The drive was an opportunity for these ex-armed forces
personnel to feedback on the technology, and help Jaguar Land Rover understand
how to remove barriers and improve transportation for those with limited mobility.
Jim O’Donoghue, Jaguar Land Rover’s Autonomous Research
Engineer, said that gaining honest and open feedback from people who know what
it’s like to have the freedom of driving taken away, will be hugely beneficial.
“We are already working with the industry, academia and
government to bring self-driving cars to the roads within the next 10 year. To
add zero mobility barriers to this list would be a huge achievement and
something we are striving for.”
Veteran Royal Navy aircraft engineer Jamie Weller, who
suffered a visual impairment during his military career understands the
mobility challenges those with similar problems face. He said:
“It was a great opportunity to experience the new technology
Jaguar Land Rover is developing. It is exciting to be discussing cars and the
technology that can have so many positive benefits for anyone living with a
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