JLR to develop Smart City Hub to test autonomous & connected tech


Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) to conduct real-world testing of connected technologies where self-driving vehicles share the streets with cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

A testbed spread across 12 km (8 mi) of public roads will provide the facilities and expertise to harness valuable sensor data; simulate a variety of road environments and traffic scenarios and trial new technologies, the company said. As part of the trials, the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace will be deployed.

The smart city zone provides a first-class facility for global companies to work together and develop world-leading technology, from autonomous vehicles to connected infrastructure. The testbed provides an opportunity to test in the real world and help answer some of the questions posed by the future of mobility in a collaborative and efficient way. – Russell Vickers, CEO, FMCI

The real-world facility will be equipped with sensors throughout the site, along with high-accuracy location systems, a data management and control centre and self-driving prototype vehicles. It will feature smart junctions, connected roads, autonomous parking and electric vehicle charging as well as links to a 450 km (280 mi) stretch of connected highway and a managed air traffic corridor for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Shannon airport along the Shannon Estuary in Ireland, JLR said.

Also, the FMCI is providing JLR with a key research site next to an existing facility: its Shannon software hub.

This partnership with FMCI provides us with a real-world facility to trial our emerging autonomous, connected, electrified and shared technology in a strategic location. Collaborating with top-tier software companies will allow us to develop our future systems more efficiently. – John Cormican, General Manager, JLR, Shannon

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