Land Rover is testing a fleet of autonomous off-road test vehicles.
That’s right, Land Rover is working on semi-autonomous and fully autonomous systems that can tackle the tough terrain you find off-road. The system combines audio, video, radar, light-detection and distance-sensing data to find the best path to travel. According to Land Rover, the system will be totally capable in any weather conditions, including ice, snow, rain and fog.
Lucky me. Detroit got about 3 to 5 inches of snow a few days in a row, and I had to drive to the Chicago Auto Show in it. More good news: A winter storm was supposed to hit Chicago while I was there. …
Of course, don’t think that you’ll be able to run out to a Land Rover dealer next week and hop in the latest Discovery on the lot expecting it to have this tech. It’ll be awhile before these features see real-world duty, since they’re still in development.
This project is part of a 30-month collaborative endeavor with the University of Birmingham that only started in March of this year — so we’re still a few years away. Until then, you can still take your Land Rover off-road, but you’ll be responsible for not getting it stuck.