Jaguar Land Rover to test self-driving tech in new mini smart city

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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.

"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, John Cormican, General Manager for Shannon Ireland Jaguar Land Rover said.

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