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Jaguar Land Rover to Begin Testing Autonomous Technology in the UK

United Kingdom: Tata owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to create over 100 vehicle fleet for research of autonomous testing over the period of next four years. First group of models scheduled to hit the streets later this year for testing.

The company plans to test the initial group of models on a 66 km stretch on motorways and city roads located near their headquarters and manufacturing plants in Central England. The scheduled initial test runs will include vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technologies which will permit cars to interact with each other as informed by the company.

United Kingdom is one of the prominent locations for testing this technology and implementation of autonomous technology. Apart from Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motors has also been investing a lot of resources for autonomous testing. Ford Motors enjoys a government-sanctioned autonomous testing project in England, also, Volvo is planning on testing driverless cars in London by next year.

“The firm's technology, which includes a three-dimensional advanced view of the street ahead to recognize barriers and radio signal communication between cars, could reduce hazards. Our connected and automated technology could help improve traffic flow, cut congestion and reduce the potential for accidents”, said Tony Harper, Head of Research, Jaguar Land Rover.

According to a recent report published by TechSci Research,Global Autonomous Car Technology Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2035 – ADAS, Semi-Autonomous, Fully-Autonomous”, Global autonomous car technology market is primarily divided into three segments - Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) car technologies, semi-autonomous car technology and fully-autonomous car technology. ADAS technologies are currently moving at a brisk pace on account of rising inclination towards greater automation. Moreover, fully-autonomous cars are expected to be commercially available by 2025, which is expected to translate into dramatic growth in the market. Key factors which are expected to drive growth in the market over the next twenty years include anticipated increase in regulations mandating integration of autonomous technology in new vehicles, decline in prices of autonomous technology and the rising focus on safety on roads.

TechSci Research believes that, rigorous efforts are made on testing of these autonomous vehicles to provide complete security and safety of the passengers. However, if the test runs are carried out hassle free and are successful, these vehicles would be expected to hit the roads very soon. Furthermore, by the successful implementation of this technology, it is expected that demand for autonomous vehicles are expected to strengthen in the coming years.

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