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Jaguar Land Rover creates smart city hub testbed

The UK automotive manufacturer will partner with global mobility, software and telecom companies to facilitate real-world testing of connected and autonomous technologies.

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The campus will feature 12km of roads combining smart junctions and connected car parks
The campus will feature 12km of roads combining smart junctions and connected car parks

UK automotive manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is developing a smart city hub in Ireland where self-driving vehicles will be tested and share the streets with cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

 

The Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) will be spread across 12km of public roads, providing the facilities and expertise to harness valuable sensor data, simulate a variety of road environments and traffic scenarios and trial new technologies.

 

Jaguar I-Pace

 

Jaguar Land Rover will partner with global software, mobility and telecoms companies in the venture including Cisco, Seagate, Renovo, Red Hat, Valeo and Mergon. The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace will be deployed as part of the testing.

 

The aim of the testbed is to advance Jaguar Land Rover’s research into autonomous, connected, electrified and shared vehicles, which is a key part of the company’s commitment to making societies safer and healthier with pioneering technology.

 

Russell Vickers, CEO of FMCI, said the smart city zone provides a first-class facility for global companies to work together and develop world-leading technology. He added: “The testbed provides an opportunity to test in the real world and help answer some of the questions posed by the future of mobility in a collaborative and efficient way.”

“The testbed provides an opportunity to test in the real world and help answer some of the questions posed by the future of mobility in a collaborative and efficient way”

The real-world facility will be equipped with sensors throughout the site, along with high-accuracy location systems, a data management and control centre and self-driving prototype vehicles. It will also feature smart junctions, connected roads, autonomous parking and electric vehicle charging as well as links to a 450km stretch of connected highway and a managed air traffic corridor for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Shannon airport along the Shannon Estuary in Ireland.

 

“This partnership with FMCI provides us with a real-world facility to trial our emerging autonomous, connected, electrified and shared technology in a strategic location,” said John Cormican, general manager for Shannon Ireland Jaguar Land Rover. “Collaborating with top-tier software companies will allow us to develop our future systems more efficiently.”

 

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