Cohda Wireless connects off-road autonomous cars

By on 2 August, 2016


Cohda Wireless, the Australian-based company developing sensors and systems to support connected cars, has undertaken a project with British automotive brand Jaguar Land Rover.

Cohda Wireless’s connected vehicle systems was used in a research project to enable future autonomous cars to drive over any surface or terrain, opening up opportunities for emergency response, environmental management and tourism.

Unlike the projects led by the likes of Tesla, HERE and Toyota, the Jaguar Land Rover project envisages a self-driving car that can navigate both on-road and off-road as well as in difficult weather conditions.

In a world-first off-road demonstration, Jaguar Land Rover connected two Range Rover Sports together using Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology from Cohda Wireless to create an “Off-Road Connected Convoy.”

The project uses Cohda Wireless MK5 On-Board Units, software stacks and applications to deploy its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) communication systems.

The Cohda-enabled wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communications system works by instantly sharing information such as vehicle location, wheel-slip, changes to suspension height and wheel articulation, as well as All-Terrain Progress Control and Terrain Response settings between the two vehicles.

Cohda Wireless CEO Paul Gray said the Jaguar Land Rover demonstration showed the wide range of benefits of connected vehicle technology: “Cohda has a suite of V2X products focused on the platooning of autonomous vehicles,” he said.


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