Advanced systems allow drivers to control their car via a smartphone app, while the car can execute 180deg turns by itself

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed two new technologies that will pave the way for fully autonomous vehicles in the future.

One of the systems in development is a remote-control application that allows drivers to control their car from outside the vehicle, using a smartphone. Working at speeds of up to 4mph and with a range of 10 metres, the system is being pitched as a way for users to traverse tricky off-road terrain - or tight urban spaces - without being inside the vehicle.

A pilot Range Rover Sport vehicle has been successfully tested using the application, which only works if the car’s smart key can be detected. JLR says future versions of the technology could include a function to allow drivers to issue spoken commands and have the vehicle follow them autonomously.

Also unveiled today is a prototype Range Rover Sport that is capable of performing a 180deg turn autonomously. Already tested in situations including dead-end roads and congested car parks, the car was able to perform the manoeuvre successfully without interference from the driver.

The company says it is working on a system to scan the environment around the car and alert the driver if it is safe to attempt a 180deg turn. A prompt from the driver then lets the vehicle take control and execute the turn.

Jaguar Land Rover director of research and technology Wolfgang Epple said: “Getting a car out of a tricky parking manoeuvre can be a stressful experience for any driver. A remote control car, or a vehicle that can autonomously turn in the road, demonstrates how we could use these new technologies to reduce the tedious parts of driving and improve road safety.

“Research into technologies like these won’t only help us deliver an autonomous car. They will also help to make driving safer and more enjoyable. The same sensors and systems that will help an autonomous car make the right decisions will assist the driver and enhance the experience to help prevent accidents. Autonomous car technologies will not take away the fun of driving.”

While JLR, like many other manufacturers, is working to produce a fully autonomous vehicle, the firm says it aims to offer a choice between ‘engaged’ or autonomous driving. The company says its autonomous vehicles must be capable in all environments both on and off road, so enhancing the car’s sensing capability will be key.

Sensor systems that will need to be included on the autonomous, go-anywhere car - dubbed the ‘Solo Car’ by JLR engineers - include radar, Lidar, cameras, ultrasonics and structured light technology.

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16 June 2015
I'd rather be next too a large SUV that is driven by the combined knowledge of many engineers than a distracted 18 year old too busy updating their status, who's experience of driving is passing our joke of a driving test in a Corsa the week before!




16 June 2015
I love my tech but I've not yet seen an answer to the issue of a normal car being blocked in a car park by 2 remotely parked SUVs either side so they can't open their doors!




16 June 2015
No mention of the cost of this extra, although as the take-up will be so low it won't matter anyway. All this Autonomous rubbish is just a way of getting cheap adverts.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

16 June 2015
I read nothing in this article that made any sense at all. How often do these 'problems' arise in normal driving. More 'junk' to go wrong or repair.

16 June 2015
What a load of crap. Cars are over.

16 June 2015
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16 June 2015'll be able to take itself back to the dealership every so often while you go to work on the bus.

16 June 2015
I was playing with my car when i got a text message and i forgot to i still covered....yes i was 10m away from the, lol sorry you not covered as you where outside the car at the time...

12 July 2016
Celebrate humanity's ingenuity, rather than having a pop at it. I must admit I thought the 1st cave paintings were a bit gouch, but I've been proved wrong.

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