Jaguar Land Rover is now testing its fleet of self-driving prototypes on the UK’s public roads.

Currently, Jaguar Land Rover’s vehicles are circling a half-mile, mixed-use route in Coventry using test operators to supervise.

Using vehicles based off of the Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-Pace crossovers equipped with bumper and roof rack sensors, the goal of the project is to test a variety of connected car technologies. Specifically, vehicle sensors allow its connected cars to interact with other vehicles and nearby infrastructure, such as traffic lights, to learn of new, upcoming road construction, signal speed changes, or impending obstacles.


“The fundamental purpose of UK Autodrive is to get connected and autonomous vehicle technology out onto UK roads, so the start of trialling on the streets of Coventry is clearly a major landmark both for the project and for the UK as a whole,” said Tim Armitage, Arup’s UK Autodrive project director.” Our previous private test track trials showed that the technology works, but it is only on real roads that we will start to see the scale of the benefits that it can bring to the general public.”

Testing is expected to continue through Oct. 2018, following by open road demonstrations in Coventry and Milton Keynes in the latter half of the year. Other partners participating in the trial include Ford and Tata Motors.

The project is part of the United Kingdom’s $26 million (£20 million) Autodrive project, a 3-year government initiative that funds self-driving and connected car technology testing to establish the United Kingdom as an up and coming leader. The region is looking to improve its competitiveness in the field, with a recent study by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders citing projections of a $10.5 billion (£8 billion) a year economy boost and 320,000 additional British jobs by 2030 with continued advancement in the development of said technologies.

Other Autodrive projects include a trial of 40 self-driving, electric powered 2-seater pods called Lutz Pathfinders that can operate in high foot traffic areas and narrow roads.