British marque developing driverless cars for all terrains

Land Rover has announced the commencement of Cortex, its project involving the development of off-road capable autonomous vehicles.

The company says the development of Level 4 and Level 5 off-road autonomous technologies ensures future vehicles "are fully capable in any weather condition: dirt, rain, ice, snow or fog".

As part of the initiative, Land Rover is employing new '5D' sensor technology – which combines acoustic, video, radar, light detection and distance-sensing data in real-time.

"Machine-learning enables the self-driving car to behave in an increasingly sophisticated way, allowing it to handle any weather condition on any terrain," the British marque said in its press release.

Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) plan is to offer semi- and fully-automated vehicle technologies in the future, which it says will offer customers to choose their level of automation while "maintaining an enjoyable and safe driving experience".

Additionally, the company's vision is "to make the self-driving car viable in the widest range of real-life, on- and off-road driving environments and weather".

Chris Holmes, connected and autonomous vehicle research manager at JLR, said: “It’s important that we develop our self-driving vehicles with the same capability and performance customers expect from all Jaguars and Land Rovers".

"Self-driving is an inevitability for the automotive industry and ensuring that our autonomous offering is the most enjoyable, capable and safe is what drives us to explore the boundaries of innovation. Cortex gives us the opportunity to work with some fantastic partners whose expertise will help us realise this vision in the near future."