• JLR is collaborating with global tech companies to develop the Future Mobility Campus Ireland.
• The facility will provide research opportunities for autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared vehicles for the carmaker.
• Jaguar will have access to 12km of roads, including smart junction and connected car parks to test its self-driving technology.
• The brand's fully electric I-Pace will be used for the trials.
In the race to develop self-driving technology Jaguar Land Rover is partnering with global software, mobility and telecoms companies to create a smart city hub that will allow real-world testing of connected technology where self-driving vehicles share the streets with cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
The carmaker will use its fully electric I-Pace for the trials at the Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) and will have access to a test bed spread across 12km of public roads.
The facilities and expertise will assist the carmaker to harness valuable sensor data, simulate a variety of road environments and traffic scenarios and trial new technologies, says Jaguar.
The aim of the testbed is to advance JLR's research into autonomous, connected, electrified and shared vehicles – a key part of the company’s commitment to making societies safer and healthier with pioneering technology.
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 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.
JLR is a lead partner of the FMCI and will collaborate with a host of other global technology companies to develop the facility, including Cisco, Seagate, Renovo, Red Hat and Mergon. The FMCI provides the Tata-owned car company with a key research site next to an existing facility: its Shannon software hub.