Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. and Ricardo plc are part of a British consortium that is developing connected vehicle technologies aimed at improving safety.
Dubbed AutopleX, the £4.7 million ($7 million) program will combine vehicle-to-everything communication sensors with high-definition maps and real-time updates. JLR is leading the group, which plans to conduct simulations and tests on public roads in the U.K. starting later this year.
Development will focus on systems to identify approaching vehicles and other potential obstacles at intersections, roundabouts and merging lanes. The testing also will integrate autonomous vehicle technologies.
JLR began testing self-driving cars last year on public roads in the U.K. The company also recently announced a development partnership with Waymo, which is adding 20,000 of Jaguar’s new all-electric I-Pace crossover vehicle to its self-driving vehicle fleet.
Although the RAV4 has plenty of heritage in the small crossover segment, competition has gotten a whole lot tougher, so Toyota has made significant changes to the fourth-generation model.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.
By James Gaffney, Product Engineer, Precision Grinding and Patrick D. Redington, Manager, Precision Grinding Business Unit, Norton Company (Worcester, MA)