Jaguar Land Rover and Ford test connected cars in Britain

Premium luxury car makers Jaguar Land Rover, Ford (F.N) as well as Tata Motors (TAMO.NS) are testing connected cars that can communicate with each other using technology designed to speed up journeys and cut accidents, the first such trials in Britain.

Imagine a world of cars that are able to warn drivers when another connected vehicle brakes suddenly and those which can monitor traffic signals and regulate their speed to encounter fewer red lights were being showcased at a testing ground in Central England.

With the rapid increase of technology and the up-rise of sophisticated technology in vehicles, the world is paving way for fully driverless vehicles with Jaguar (JLR) owned by India’s Tata Motors demonstrating a self-driving Range Rover Sport that can overtake even slower moving cars.

 

The benefits of having cars that can communicate with each other and their surroundings could be very significant — from increased road safety to improved traffic flow,” said Tim Armitage, a project director at government-backed UK Autodrive, which coordinated the trials.

As a part of government’s efforts to create an industry, which can serve a worldwide market, a driverless car was on trial on Britain’s streets for the first time. The worldwide market estimates to be worth an upwards of 1.1 billion dollars by 2025 and this figure is huge. Automakers are racing to head off the challenge from technology firms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, which is developing autonomous vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover said earlier this year that it plans to create a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles over the next four years to test autonomous and connected technology and Volvo plans to trial driverless cars in London next year.

On the same lines, companies like Ford as well as Volvo are working with ride-hailing company Uber on trials of self-driving cars in the U.S city of Pittsburgh. The company views a driver take their hands off the wheel can be enough to unnerve even the most hardened front seat passenger.

Working with Ford and Tata Motors, the firms have launched a joint ‘Autodrive’ project, demonstrating a number of future vehicle technologies at Horiba Mira’s testing facility in Nun Eaton.

Land Rover has been fitted with communications technology, which will enable it to ‘talk’ to other makes and model of car and its surroundings – a key development on the road to driverless cars.

All three-vehicle manufacturers are all taking part in the £20 million ($24m) UK Autodrive research and development project, which will test connected and driverless tech over the course of three years. The project will be separated into two streams, with Ford focused on connected vehicle technologies rather than testing self-driving cars.

 

Tim Armitage, director of the UK Autodrive project, said: ‘The benefits of having cars that can communicate with each other and their surroundings could be very significant – from increased road safety to improved traffic flow, more efficient parking and better information for drivers.’

Advanced Highway Assist:

Among the array of features that are available on these cars, Land Rover’s Highway Assist feature enables the vehicle to overtake slower moving vehicles automatically as well as detecting any vehicles in the driver’s blind spot.

Other developments:

In the upcoming years, plenty of features will be tested that include safety parameters that sense when the driver is in front that haphazardly slams the brake even if the lights of the car are obscured either due to bad weather or other possible reasons. Drivers could welcome features that aim to reduce the amount of time spent waiting at the lights. Cars that are connected will receive real time updates from traffic lights to tell drivers to change their speed in advance while keeping the traffic moving.

This said, there are a slew of safety features that will enable vehicles to communicate with one another, while detecting hazards and even check for available parking spots:

Electronic Emergency Brake Light:

This feature comes in handy while alerting the driver when a vehicle in front suddenly brakes, providing advanced warning, especially when the driver is unable to see the lights of the braking vehicle due to weather conditions, road layout or other vehicles in between.
Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory:

This feature sends traffic light information to the connected car that is able to calculate the optimal speed for approaching lights, potentially minimizing the number of red light stops thereby improving traffic flow and reducing emission levels from the idling vehicles.

Emergency Vehicle Warning:

This feature sends a signal directly from the emergency vehicle such as an ambulance, fire engine, police vehicle to nearby connected cars. The driver is informed that the emergency vehicle is approaching and advised to make way for it.

Intersection Movement Assist:

This feature warns the driver when it is unsafe to enter an intersection due to a high probability of collision with other vehicles.

Intersection Priority Management:

This feature assigns priority when 2 or more vehicles come to an intersection without priority signs or traffic lights.

In-Vehicle Signage:

This feature helps send information about road conditions, congestion or other incidents directly to the in-car display rather than having to rely on expensive gantry systems.

Collaborative Parking:

Provides real-time information about free parking spaces either in the vicinity or close to the driver’s final destination.
Bottom Line:

As attractive as these safety features seem, companies need to realize that there is plenty at stake and there is no room for errors. If the companies pull it off, its going to be revolutionary, if not, it might be quite a risqué measure.

Land Rover India: In the lap of Luxury

"Land Rover Range Rover"

Ever since Tata took over the company, Land rover has become one of the most popular selling luxury cars in India. Besides its operations worldwide, the company has retained its mighty image in the luxury car market. The following article is based on the multifarious Land rover models available widely across India.

Land Rover Range Rover  LWB 5.0:

Perhaps one of the most prestigious rides by Land Rover, the Range rover LWB is a luxury sports utility vehicle that comes with a long history of pristine craftsmanship as well as the legendary off-road prowess to go by. This royal ride comes with smooth riding skills that commandeer both on and off roads.

"Land Rover Range Rover"
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Engine:

Available in multiple diesel and petrol engine variants, the Range Rover is powered by a 4.4 L SDV8 diesel engine that boosts up 334.4 bhp of power and 700 Nm of torque. The vehicle has a 3.0 L TDV6 engine variant too that produces 254.5 bhp and 600 Nm of torque. The Petrol engine is a 5.0 L Supercharged V8 Petrol engine that generates a whooping 503 bhp of power accompanied by 625 Nm of torque. The car comes equipped with a smooth and intuitive 8-speed auto transmission with Drive Select Rotary Shifter and paddle shift control on steering wheel column. The All-New Range Rover can achieve a maximum speed of 218 km/h and can sprint 0-100 km/h in a cool 6.9 seconds.

Style:

Born with royal attitude, this stylish SUV is as distinctive as it looks. It looks trim, muscular and athletic, and carries a box-shaped structure accompanied by strength and power. The car comes with stylish alloys of 5-split spoke 20-inch design and attractive front lamps with adaptive Xenon headlamps, which have automatic on function and directional lighting. The interiors on this royal ride come with Meridian Surround Sound audio system with 825-watt output, multi-changer CD system and a new 8-inch high-resolution touch screen display with dual-view technology and a steering wheel with five way toggle switches. It also has 4-zone air conditioning system to cool every inch of the interior.  The Ranger Rovers come equipped with ABS, Hill Descent Control, Dynamic Response, Electronic Traction Control and Cornering Brake Control. Passengers are protected by eight airbags. Surround Camera System aid for better driving in the All-New Range Rover. The company has left no gap for a frown; this car has pretty much everything to spoil the owner.

 

 

Price:

Did I mention that this was a royal car? Well, the price of the Range Rover LWB 5.0 ranges between Rs. 1.85 to 2.58 crores.

 

Land Rover Freelander 2:

Another compact SUV from the Land rover stable is the Freelander2.  This 4X4 lifestyle SUV is compact in nature, but it makes up for a great city vehicle.

"Land Rover Freelander 2"
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Engine:

The Freelander2 comes with a 2.2 litre common rail diesel engine that produces a peak output of 190 bhp at 3500 RPM as well as 420 Nm of torque. The car comes mated to 6-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle looks tough enough to tame all sorts of roads.

Style:

The Freelander 2 carries new front, rear bumpers and tail lamps since the Freelander. This vehicle has high build quality along with plush interiors. The car carries Map My India satellite navigation system, USB connectivity too.

 

Price:

The Freelander 2 starts off at Rs. 45.43 lakh and touches the 52 lakh landmark. It isn’t too expensive a proposition and comes with plenty of features.

Range Rover Evoque:

By far, one of the most eye catching Range Rover built, the Evoque remains my favorite ride till date. This sophistically styled SUV is simply designed towards perfection. With crisp lines, sophisticated styling and elegant cabin space, the Evoque is a versatile 4×4. This car was unveiled unveiled at the North American International Auto Show as the Land Rover. It was inspired by the Land Rover LRX concept. Interestingly, Victoria Beckham was a design consultant for the Range Rover Evoque.

"Range Rover Evoque"
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Engine:

The Evoque comes with 2 different engine options. Its 2.2L Turbo-Diesel engine that produces 187 bhp and 420 Nm of torque. There are four Terrain Response settings, General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts and Sand. Transmission system is a 6-speed automatic unit, which enhances the performance through smoother and quicker gearshifts.

Styling:

This vehicle has innovation written all over it. With a terrain response, the engine adapts transmission and electronic systems to maximize driving comforts and traction. With a generous amount of aluminum found in the bonnet, roof and composite plastic used for the tailgate, the car offers a full-length glass sunroof as an option. It has Xenon headlamps with LED lighting that give it a premium appeal. With electronic mirrors, 18-inch sparkle silver alloy wheels and bold arches, this car is as sporty as any SUV can get.

 

Price:

The Range Rover Evoque is priced between Rs. 48.73- Rs 56.21 Lakhs. It is definitely worth every rupee you spend.

Land Rover Discovery 4:

With a couple of design tweaks in 2014 to keep the model fresh before the new 2016 Discovery rolls out, the Land Rover Discovery 4 is an excellent addition to the Rover family. This car was launched in 1989 and the Discovery 4 is the 3rd generation model. Its scintillating design is quite captivating. Tata Motors, with the launch of this premium model, desires to create a strong brand image in the Indian car market. This car is available in India with a completely built unit.

"Land Rover Discovery"
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Engine:

Available in SE, HSE and SE S/R variants in Indian car market, the Discovery 4 is built to overpower any situation. The car comes powered by a 3.0L TDV6 diesel engine, which produces maximum power of 241 bhp and torque of 600 Nm. With the use of parallel sequential turbochargers, the power supplied is massive. This car carries a 6-speed automatic transmission unit for all sorts of driving conditions. The performance of this car is supported by Dynamic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control units, which ensure smooth and comfortable ride.

Styling:

The Discovery 4 has an aggressively stylish exterior and is definitely what I call Creative engineering. The car’s perfectly structured line goes along with strong stylish design and has perfect dynamism. It also has a spacious cabin, premium interiors, smart dashboard, easy to read instrumentation, seven seating capacity, and Harman/Kardon audio system with Bluetooth connectivity with touch screen display to keep the journey entertaining. This car has Automatic Climate Control AC that comes as a standard feature in this SUV. This car also carries Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Assist (supplies extra braking at the time of emergency), and Electronic Traction Control, which helps in maintaining finest grip, airbags and Dynamic Stability Control. The plentitude of these safety features makes this one of the most desirable luxury car in India.

 

Price:

The Discovery 4 is priced between Rs. 76.96 to 81.32 lakh.

 

Range Rover Sport: 

 

With seamless design, bespoke styling and heavy detailing comes the Range Rover sport. This is one of the best-looking SUV’s on offer in India.

"Land Rover Range Rover Sport"
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Engine:

The Range Rover Sport is offered with 2-engine options. The V6 Turbocharged Diesel and V8 Supercharged Petrol. The V6 engine makes 292PS and an impressive 600Nm of torque. The Petrol engined Range Rover Sport is equipped with a 5.0-Litre V8 supercharged mill that produces 510PS and an earth shattering 625NM of Torque. Both the engines come equipped with 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with seamless shifting.

Styling:

The Range Rover Sport comes with a bespoke steering wheel with a large and crisp instrument binnacle. It has a cascading central console too that is crafted beautifully and oozes sheer quality. The car has centrally mounted infotainment console with large touch screen. The screen also displays data such as articulation, water wading depth and differential lock percentage while one is off-roading thereby ensuring best results. The seats too are absolutely wonderful, both up front and in the back making the Range Rover Sport an absolute joy to be in. Exteriors and interiors on the Range Rover Sport are as classy as they can get.

Price:

The Range Rover Sport comes at a premium price ranging from Rs. 1.33 to Rs. 1.77 crore.