Jaguar Working On New Road Crater Monitoring and Detection Technology
|   Thursday, July 02, 2015
Future models produced by Jaguar Land Rover will be able to automatically bypass craters in the road. The British from Jaguar Land Rover have started to develop a technology for cars of the future. The system is designed to detect potholes, to supervise their progress and share with other vehicles their exact position.
Besides adjusting the MagneRide suspension in advance for these bumps, the technology will be able to evaluate level oscillation and transmit the exact position and gravity to a centralized system that will warn other vehicles equipped with the same system.
The technology will not be developed specifically for Jaguar Land Rover, the British company planning to share the information gathered with other cars too.

The idea behind the technology of Jaguar Land Rover is a centralized system to mark, measure and monitor road conditions via sensors mounted on the cars. Using a system in the cloud, the technology will be able to warn other drivers of these dangers, although it was not specified how this function will operate. There are now smartphone applications that use information from the public to warn other drivers of the presence of road works and heavy traffic, the most famous of which is Waze, but this type of application requires human intervention to update.

In the future, the monitoring system of potholes will provide a high level of comfort and avoiding unpleasant situations like flat tires and wheel damage, an important function for autonomous vehicles of the future. Those at Jaguar Land Rover have already equipped a fleet of Range Rover Evoque with a digital video camera with stereo receiver to monitor the road and ensure for its autonomous driving system the information needed to drive under a comfortable and safe regime. Even though the most accurate information currently comes only after the vehicle goes over potholes and bumps, the future systems will be able to assess the situation without actually going over the obstacle.

"Our MagneRide equipped Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport vehicles feature sophisticated sensors that allow the vehicle to profile the road surface under the wheels and identify potholes, raised manholes and broken drain covers. By monitoring the motion of the vehicle and changes in the height of the suspension, the car is able to continuously adjust the vehicle's suspension characteristics, giving passengers a more comfortable ride over uneven and damaged road surfaces. While this gives our customers a more comfortable ride, we think there is a huge opportunity to turn the information from these vehicle sensors into 'big data' and share it for the benefit of other road users. This could help prevent billions of pounds of vehicle damage and make road repairs more effective" said Dr. Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director at Jaguar Land Rover.

The project will also investigate if the experimental camcorder from Jaguar Land Rover could take a picture of the pit or damaged manhole and share this with road authorities along with a GPS location.
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