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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has demonstrated several autonomous driving technologies, dubbed Autonomous Urban Drive, which the company says brings it one step closer to bringing driverless vehicles safely through city streets.

The Autonomous Urban Drive suite of driver assistance tech allows vehicles to obey traffic lights, along with negotiating T-junctions and roundabouts.

Designed and developed in the UK, the systems are still in prototype stage, though JLR says they will help the company achieve level four autonomy “within the next decade”.

“The automotive landscape is changing faster today than ever before,” said Tony Harper, director of engineering research at JLR.

“As a technology company, our innovation is continuous and our cars of the future will become more capable, cleaner, more connected, more desirable and smarter.”

However, Harper added the company’s upcoming technologies will build on the driver’s experience, rather than remove the role of the driver itself.

“We aren’t looking at simply replacing the driver, and making cars ‘driverless’. Future technologies will give the driver more not less – they will assist and ultimately enhance the driving experience.”

The company has also detailed several connected vehicle technologies which are underdevelopment:

  • Intersection Collision Risk Warning (ICRW) warns the driver in advance when it is not safe to enter an intersection because of a high probability of a collision. ICRW could reduce the number (and severity) of collisions and reduce congestion.
  • In Vehicle Signage (IVS) sends road and traffic information such as roadworks or a change of speed limit directly to the car’s display, minimising dependence on physical roadside signs. This connected technology aims to reduce accidents and congestion.
  • Emergency Vehicle Warning (EVW) tells drivers when an emergency vehicle is approaching, and from which direction. This connected technology aims to improve safety, reduce journey time for the emergency vehicle and cut congestion by helping drivers pull over more quickly and less stressfully.

Autonomous Urban Drive is being demonstrated as part of the 20 million pound ($33.6 million) UK Autodrive research and development project, which aims to put the United Kingdom at the forefront of connected and autonomous driving innovation.

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