Jaguar wants 100 driverless cars by 2020

Jaguar wants 100 driverless cars by 2020

Driverless cars are all the rage at the moment, as technology and motoring join forces, so presumably you can get blind drunk and have your car drive you home without much fuss.


Anyway, just months after setting up a multi-million pound research fund into autonomous vehicle tech, Jaguar Land Rover have gone and announced that they want to have 100 driverless cars on the streets by 2020.

That's not too far away, for something that a couple of years ago, would've seemed like Jetsons-esque fantasy.

Jaguar have been working with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPSRC) on these cars, and Jaguar's head of research - Tony Harper - is thrilled at the progress being made.

He said: "Our connected and automated technology could help improve traffic flow, cut congestion and reduce the potential for accidents."

The car manufacturer's idea is that people will be able to choose what degree they want the car to take the wheel.

Harper added: "We will also improve the driving experience with drivers able to choose how much support and assistance they need. In traffic, for example, the driver could choose autonomy assist during tedious or stressful parts of the journey."

Jaguar want to have a system in place where, even if a driver is letting the car do the work, they'll still be given information about potential obstacles, so they can take over if they want to.

"Because the intelligent car will always be alert and is never distracted, it could guide you through road works and prevent accidents."

"If you are a keen driver, imagine being able to receive a warning that there's a hazard out of sight or around a blind bend. Whether it's a badly parked car or an ambulance heading your way, you could slow down, pass the hazard without fuss and continue on your journey."

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