Jaguar build mini smart city in Shannon to test autonomous car

Jaguar Land Rover will help test autonomous car technology on a purpose-built, mini smart city like track at new Shannon facility.

Having once stated its plans to make Ireland a global centre for autonomous vehicle (AV) development, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced plans for a new site that will be overseen by a group called ‘Future Mobility Campus Ireland’ (FMCI).

The site will be a testbed for AV technology and will include 12km of public road with built-in sensors, smart junctions, connected roads, autonomous parking and electric vehicle (EV) charging. This will allow for real-world testing of AVs by sharing the streets with cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

As part of the trials, the Jaguar I-Pace EV will be deployed for testing. The site will also link to a 450km stretch of connected highway and a managed air traffic corridor for uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Shannon airport along the Shannon estuary.

JLR will be the lead partner of the Future Mobility Campus Ireland site, with others including Cisco, Seagate, Renovo, Red Hat, Valeo and Mergon.

“This partnership with FMCI provides us with a real-world facility to trial our emerging autonomous, connected, electrified and shared technology in a strategic location,” said John Cormican, JLR general manager for vehicle engineering in Shannon. “Collaborating with top-tier software companies will allow us to develop our future systems more efficiently.”

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