Jaguar Land Rover builds smart city hub to experiment self-driving technology


WHITLEY, UK: Jaguar Land Rover in collaboration with Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) has created a smart city hub to provide research opportunities for autonomous, connected, electrified and shared vehicles.
The testbed covers 12 kilometres of roads combining smart junctions and connected car parks. The Jaguar I-PACE, the world’s first premium all-electric performance SUV, will be used for the testbed trials.
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 450km stretch of connected highway and a managed air traffic corridor for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Shannon airport along the Shannon Estuary in Ireland.
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, said Russell Vickers, CEO of FMCI.

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