First Ford and Jaguar Land Rover, and now Tata Motors European Technical Center (TMETC) have joined the project called the UK Autodrive’ Consortium. It is the largest consortia, and now it is testing the automatic vehicle technology in the UK. The UK Autodrive consortium is part of a competition which is made by the Government. The main purpose of this is to support the development of self-driving or autonomous driving vehicle in the UK.
Under this, recently, Tata Motors European Technical Centre has conducted a test run of the autonomous vehicle Tata Hexa under the public testing of the autonomous tech in the UK. Under a controlled autonomous testing, Tata Hexa and some other cars like Jaguar Land Rover F-Pace, Range Rover Sport, and Ford’s Mondeo Sedan went under the autonomous driving testing. The test aims to obtain public reaction on the autonomous vehicle and semi-autonomous vehicle technology.
Informing more about the autonomous driving testing, Nick Fell, director and head of TMETC, said: “This project will enable Tata Motors to test and evaluate its autonomous vehicle technology alongside world-class partners, and we are very excited about the prospect of sharing our knowledge and learning from others in this groundbreaking technology with both UK and global significance.”
As per the report, TMETC and Jaguar Land Rover used bespoke GPS connected vehicle which can perform best under self-driving. A few days back, the Ford Mondeo has gone through testing in the US. With company made autonomous technology, Ford is now trying to adopt the driving condition of the UK.
a few days back, stating more about the UK Autodrive, Tim Armitage, Arup’s UK Autodrive project director said “The fundamental purpose of UK Autodrive is to get connected and autonomous vehicle technology out onto UK roads, so the start of trialling on the streets of Coventry is clearly a major landmark both for the project and for the UK as a whole.” He further added, “Our previous private test track trials showed that the technology works, but it is only on real roads that we will start to see the scale of the benefits that it can bring to the general public.”