Other tech lets SUVs communicate about how to handle obstacles.

Land Rover’s vehicles are famous for their off-road prowess, and the British brand’s latest autonomous driving systems demonstrate the cutting edge of that capability. One day, your Range Rover might be able to conquer difficult terrain all on its own. The innovations seem to take away some of the fun of crawling through the mud, but Land Rover is at least proving that computers are now up to the job.

Land Rover’s off-road autonomous system comprises a suite of technologies working together. A bevy of sensors scan the road ahead and can detect changes in terrain up to 16.4 feet (5 meters) ahead. It can even adjust the Terrain Response setting to cope with new challenges. Cameras in the windshield monitor for overhanging branches, and the vehicle can drive around them if the obstacle is too low. The SUV even slows down if there’s a bumpy section or standing water in the path.

Car-to-car communication could be the next breakthrough in automotive safety because it eliminates any doubt about what other vehicles are doing on the road. Land Rover thinks the tech could make off-roading better, too. The brand’s Off-Road Connected Convoy uses a lead vehicle as a test case. The tech monitors factors like wheel-slip, suspension height, suspension articulation, and Terrain Response settings. The SUVs behind the one in front then use this data to negotiate the obstacle more efficiently. You’d really want to have faith that the person leading the convoy is the best off-roader in the group, though.

The clip above shows how this tech works in the real world. The company doesn’t indicate how close these systems are to being production ready, so they might not appear in showrooms too soon. However like the firm’s remote control system and augmented reality windshield, it’s a very intriguing concept.

Source: Jaguar Land Rover

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