Jaguar Land Rover has revealed they have been working very hard to get self-driving vehicles up to pace, trialing new technologies that allow a self-driving car not only to park itself but also to find a space to park. The trial is part of the United Kingdom Autodrive Project, a government-supported initiative that’s spending millions to push autonomous vehicle technology.
Tested on the roads of Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom, Land Rover debuted an automobile finding space and parking inside it without any input at all from a driver.
Now, parking in a spot is something many middle range vehicles may do today without a lot of fuss, the critical thing here is that the vehicles also found the spot without any input from the driver.
This was all done with something called “collaborative parking”, a piece of technology that is being developed in collaboration with Ford and others from the United Kingdom Autodrive project.
This service uses data from the parking sensors of vehicles utilizing a car park. All this and more data is then shown on a map that highlights which spaces can be parked in. It is believed that the system will even be capable of integrating data from automobile parks’ own monitoring system.
Other New Features
This wasn’t the only thing tested, Land Rover showed off several safety features: Emergency vehicle warning and Electronic Emergency Brake Light.
EVW is to help a car and its passenger know when an emergency vehicle is coming and, most importantly, what side it’s coming from. While EBL is something that will warn your connected car that something in front of it is rapidly braking, providing a few additional seconds to hopefully avert a crash.
What the Future Holds
It is good to see driverless car tests on the roads of the United Kingdom, but all this comes only days after the news that a driverless Uber was engaged in a fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona.
While that particular episode remains a question of interrogation as to who or what is to blame, it does put into question the testing of driverless vehicles on the open road.
The possible safety advantages of driverless vehicles are vast, but the technology is still on the border. One one side, autonomous cars present us with the fantastic future chance to make our roads safer. However, on the other side, the possibility for computer errors will always exist.
Taking the pros and cons into consideration, it’s easy to see why the debate about driverless cars will continue as the future grows closer to the present.
Personal injury attorney, Craig Altman, agrees. He told PTN, “There are many pros and cons associated with self-driving cars, it’s interesting to see what will happen next”.