Jaguar Land Rover to create smart city hub for self-driving car testingNovember 16, 2020
The Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) in Ireland will be completed in September 2021. It is planned to test how self-driving cars can share streets with other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
The British firm has partnered with technology companies such as Cisco, Seagate, Renovo and Red Hat to develop a nearly 13 km long private self-driving test facility called The Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) in the Shannon Free Zone business park, near Limerick.
Equipped with sensors, positioning systems, smart interchanges and connected roads, the campus will function as a testing ground for “autonomous, connected, electrified and collaborative technologies,” where autonomous versions of the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV will be tested. The facility will be completed in September 2021, but testing will begin in February.
JLR said the campus, which is joining the existing software center in the business park, will “leverage valuable sensor data, simulate different road conditions and driving scenarios, and test new technologies.”
“This partnership with FMCI provides us with a real opportunity to experience our emerging autonomous, connected, electrified and shared technology in a strategic location. Partnering with leading software vendors will enable us to more efficiently design our future systems, ”said John Cormican, CEO of Shannon Ireland Jaguar Land Rover.
Note that in February, JLR unveiled Project Vector, a completely new, fully engineered platform for electric vehicles capable of supporting a wide range of autonomous configurations.
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