Technology from Ford and Tata Motors will also be on display ahead of trials in October on public roads in Coventry and Milton Keynes. These tests will rely on GPS technology to keep the cars on the right path.
“We have three routes in each city out for approval and are waiting for a decision,” says Mark Cund, JLR’s autonomous vehicle control manager.
The Range Rover Sport is equipped with self-driving technology up to Level 4, which means capable of driving itself, but requiring a human supervisor behind the wheel. It's controlled by algorithms programmed in the graphical language Simulink and converted to C to be compatible with the car’s electrical system. The programming is the work of PhD engineer Amy Rimmer, winner of this year's Autocar's Great British Women awards.
JLR’s premium SUV is said to be capable of negotiating roundabouts and junctions, while also responding to traffic lights as it drives around a simulated urban road network.