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Autonomous vehicles off-road

A Jaguar research project aims to make off-road driving possible for autonomous vehicles, according to Vehicle Electronics.

How will autonomous vehicles handle off-road conditions is one of the big questions in the industry. Jaguar Land Rover is trying to answer this by demonstrating a range of research technologies that would allow a car to self-drive over any kind of surface.

To enable this level of autonomous all-terrain capability, researchers are developing next-generation sensing technologies that will be the eyes of the future autonomous vehicle. Sensors are always active and can ‘see’ better than the driver. This advanced sensing Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 3.42.45 pmwill give the vehicle high levels of artificial intelligences required for the car to think for itself and plan the route it should take, on any surface.

Surface identification and 3D path sensing combines camera, ultrasonic, radar and lidar sensors to give the car a 360º view of the world around it.

Ultrasonic sensors can identify the surface conditions by scanning up to five meters ahead of the car. Overhead clearance assist uses stereo camera technology to scan ahead for overhead obstructions. Sensors can also be used to scan the roughness of the road or to track ahead and adjust the vehicle speed.

Another key element of successful all-terrain autonomous driving is the ability for vehicles to communicate with each other, especially if they are out of sight. Carandus.com offers the possibility for the driver to communicate with other drivers via the registration/ license plate, a first step for the connected vehicles.

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