Jaguar Land Rover has moved from the lab to the road and begun testing its smart, connected cars tech on UK roads.

JAGUAR LAND ROVER HAS begun testing its “smart, connected” technology on UK roads a “project aimed at creating the UK’s first fully connected infrastructure geared towards self-driving cars” as the world moves towards autonomous driving.

“More than 40 miles (64km) of the M40, M42, A45 and A46 will benefit from a world-first combination of wireless technologies (DSRC, 3/4G mobile networks, WiFi and fibre optic networks), ensuring vehicles can always be connected to each other and to infrastructure.

Connecting cars to each other and their surroundings (known as V2X) is a vital step for safe, large-scale deployment of self-driving cars,” Jaguar Land Rover said.

Jaguar Land Rover begin testing connected car technology in the UK

According to JLR, a connected network will allow vehicles to see further ahead and ‘speak’ to other cars. “For instance, warning that a car too far ahead to see has applied its brakes allows a following driver to avoid a potential accident. The system will work on both manual and autonomous driving and so will greatly improving road safety across levels of autonomy”.

Colin Lee, Jaguar Land Rover Connectivity Manager, said, “To realise the full benefit of self-driving cars, we need to understand the infrastructure that’s required to support them. Connectivity not only takes us a step closer to making self-driving cars a reality but it also creates the platform to bring more connected safety features to our customers within the next few years.

“We’re working with some fantastic global experts across industry and academia and we’re eager to take the project into this next phase of testing.”

Jaguar Land Rover begin testing connected car technology in the UK

Jaguar Land Rover will be trialing a range of connected features such as emergency electronic brake light warning (EEBL), emergency vehicle warning (EVW), and in-vehicle signage (IVS) for roadworks warning (RWW) and traffic condition warning (TCW).


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