Land Rover wants to help you when you’re off road with a new set of sensors and technology.
“We don’t want to limit future highly automated and fully autonomous technologies to tarmac,” said Jaguar Land Rover’s head of research, Tony Harper. “When the driver turns off the road, we want this support and assistance to continue.”
To help, Land Rover is working on a system that uses cameras, radar, ultrasonic and LIDAR sensors to allow the vehicle to detect the upcoming surface up to five meters (16 feet) ahead. This allows the Land Rover to adjust its speed autonomously before it hits a new obstacle along with adjusting its terrain response settings automatically to deal with whatever is ahead.
The sensors can also detect overhead obstructions and alert the driver if the SUV is heading towards low-hanging branches or other obstructions.
Land Rover is also working on vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology, which would allow an entire convoy of off-roaders to communicate with each other, with the vehicle in the front sending out data on wheel slip, articulation and ground clearance to alert all of the vehicles behind.
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