Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover has  begun researching autonomous driving for any terrain and plans to develop next-generation sensing technologies for the future self-driving car, the company announced.

One aspect of the project revolves around surface identification and 3-D path sensing that combines camera, ultrasonic, radar and LIDAR sensors that give the car a 360-degree view of the world around it. The sensors are so advanced that the car could determine surface characteristics, down to the width of a tire, even in rain and falling snow, to plan its route.

These sensors could be used to scan the roughness of the road ahead and adjust vehicle spead. The automaker is developing a technology known as Terrain-Based Speed Adaption (TBSA) that uses cameras to sense bumpy terrain including uneven and undulating surfaces and washboard roads, potholes and even standing water. The system is intelligent enough to predict the potential impact of these surfaces on the car’s ride and automatically adjust speed to keep passengers comfortable.

Jaguar Land Rover has connected two Range Rover Sport SUVs together using innovative DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communications) technology to create an Off-Road Connected Convoy.

This wireless vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications system shares information including vehicle location, wheel-slip, changes to suspension height and wheel articulation, as well as All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) and Terrain Response settings instantly between the two vehicles.