24.10.2016Manufacturers collaborate on connected car technologies
Connected car technologies are being trialed that would reduce the time spent waiting at traffic lights, warn of vehicles braking hard up ahead, and change lane on the motorway autonomously.
The systems are being developed and tested jointly by the likes of Jaguar Land Rover and Ford, who as part of the 16-member strong, Â£20 million UK Autodrive project, are looking at ways to improve safety, efficiency, and fuel economy.
Drivers will be able to 'ride the green wave' for example in future, avoiding waiting at red lights with vehicle-to-infrastructure communication and the Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory system.
The car gets information from roadside units as to the state and sequence of traffic light timings, and then advises the driver of the best speed to maintain to reach the lights when they are on green.
Other technologies will display a warning on the dashboard when cars up ahead are braking hard up ahead, even when out of sight. Systems will also take driver assist technologies another stage further - joining Tesla's Autopilot by being able to change lanes without any driver interaction. Similar systems will warn of if a junction is blocked up ahead, and if emergency vehicles are approaching.
Ford Mondeo Hybrids have joined models from Jaguar Land Rover - including the F-Pace and Range Rover Sport - to test these systems at HORIBA MIRA proving grounds, and on roads in and around Coventry and Milton Keynes, taking place over the next two years.
Tony Harper, Head of Research, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "We know that there's a huge potential for these technologies in future vehicles around the world. Until now we have focused on communication between Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, this collaborative approach is a major stepping stone towards all connected and autonomous vehicles co-operating with each other in the future.
"Our aim is to give drivers exactly the right information at the right time and collaborations with other manufacturers are essential to help us deliver this commitment to our customers."
Christian Ress, supervisor, Driver Assist Technologies, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, said: "There's not much worse after a long day than to hit one red light after another on the drive home, and be forced to stop and start again at every junction.
"Enabling drivers to 'ride the green wave' also means a smoother, continuous journey that helps to improve the flow of traffic and provide significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption."