Jaguar Land Rover is working on a project to develop off-road self-driving SUVs. It is working on a 30 month collaborative project named CORTEX, which was launched in March 2018 to support the development and delivery of self-driving vehicles in the UK. It is a £3.7m project is exploring all-terrain, all- weather autonomous capability.
The ‘CORTEX’ project aims to take self-driving cars off-road, ensuring they are fully capable in any weather condition: dirt, rain, ice, snow or fog. As part of the project, a ‘5D’ technique combining acoustic, video, radar, light detection and distance sensing (LiDAR) data live in real-time is being engineered.
Access to this combined data improves the awareness of the environment the car is in. Machine-learning enables the self-driving car to behave in an increasingly sophisticated way, allowing it to handle any weather condition on any terrain.
The project brings together leading technology and automotive expertise as well as academia to deliver highly capable self-driving vehicles like the University of Birmingham and Myrtle AI, and machine learning experts. It is jointly funded by government and industry. The competition was delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
The company is developing fully- and semi-automated vehicle technologies, offering customers a choice of the level of automation, while maintaining an enjoyable and safe driving experience. This project forms part of the company’s vision to make the self-driving car viable in the widest range of real-life, on- and off-road driving environments and weather.