(Photo: Jaguar I-Pace - also joining Waymo autonomous fleet)

Jaguar Land Rover is leading a research project to combine connected, automated and live mapping technology in self-driving cars. The £4.7 million AutopleX program - funded by Innovate UK and also involving Highways England, INRIX, Ricardo, Siemens, Transport for West Midlands and Warwick University - aims to develop a system enabling the cars to ‘see’ around corners and through obstacles.

This level of data, car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications, and the speed at which all this is delivered to the vehicle, will better inform the vehicles and their users in situations where there is no direct view. Public road testing on motorways, public roads and in urban environments will supplement simulations.

"This project is crucial in order to bring self-driving cars to our customers in the near future," Jaguar Land Rover’s connected and autonomous vehicle research manager, Chris Holmes, said in a statement. "Together with our AutopleX partners, we will merge our connected and autonomous research to empower our self-driving vehicles to operate safely in the most challenging, real-world traffic situations.”

JLR also recently announced that it was to supply up to 20,000 I-PACE models for Waymo’s self-driving fleet, which is to start testing this year, in a long-term strategic collaboration.

-Farah Alkhalisi