Jaguar Land Rover studies pothole-detection technology

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 15, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has embarked on a project to develop road terrain detection technology for its vehicles that will provide warning to other vehicles about road hazards like potholes via the cloud. The company is researching the methods of sharing this data. It is working together with several government representatives in Coventry, England, to find the best way to inform road repair agencies.

JLR spokesman Nick O’Donnell said that the budget and the timeline haven’t been determined yet since this technology is still in its early phase. He said that it’s not known yet exactly how other drivers will be warned through the detection system.

Among the factors being considered are the various warning icons and sounds. In an email, he wrote that a major factor being considered is how best to do this without the driver getting distracted.

The company said that testing of the pothole detection and alert technology will be done with a Range Rover Evoque research vehicle. MagneRide, which evaluates terrain and adjusts suspension to adapt to rough roads, are already installed in the Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport SUVs.

According to Mike Bell, Jaguar Land Rover’s Connected Car director, this technology can go beyond increasing the ride’s comfort. He said that the data from the vehicle sensors can be shared to benefit other road users in different ways.

In addition, the automaker is looking into the development of autonomous technology that would guide vehicles around road hazards without the vehicle leaving its lane. He said that “a key building block” to the autonomous car is being able to sense the upcoming road and assessing it for hazards.

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