Jaguar Land Rover is working on a new autonomous driving system that will work off-road as well as on-road.
Tony Harper, Head of Research, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Our all-terrain autonomy research isn’t just about the car driving itself on a motorway or in extreme off-road situations. It’s about helping both the driven and autonomous car make their way safely through any terrain or driving situation.”
The system uses a combination of cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar and LIDAR sensors to scan the road ahead. It will identify stuff like car park barriers, tree roots, and even boulders. The surface characteristics are determined even in rain and falling snow. The conditions five metres ahead of the car are analysed to determine what type of surface the car will be driving on. It will also look for changing conditions to automatically adjust the Terrain Response system accordingly.
The system will also come with Overhead Clearance Assist, which uses an overhead camera to scan for obstructions like tree branches and car park overhead barriers. The driver has to preset the height of the vehicle, which will include any roof boxes or bicycles.
The Terrain-Based Speed Adaptation (TBSA) scans the road ahead for uneven surfaces, undulations, potholes and even standing water to automatically adjust the vehicle speed. The cars will also come with Off-Road Connected Convoy that will share information like vehicle location, wheel-slip, changes to suspension height and wheel articulation, All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) and Terrain Response settings instantly between the two vehicles.