Advanced autonomous and connected car technologies are a part of the £20 million (INR 170 crores) UK Government backed ‘Autodrive’ initiative. This will help in improving traffic flow while congestion will be drastically reduced as will be the potential of accidents.
For this, the government has selected a range of vehicles to test their autonomous technologies. One of the cars they have selected is made in India, Tata Tiago.
There are three different autonomous technologies being tested of which one that is being tested on the Tata Tiago is called GLOSA (Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory). Tata Tiago is connected to traffic light system which is relayed to the driver to modulate car speed to cross the signal when it turns green thus creating a green corridor.
Advanced Highway Assist is another such technology allowing for automatic overtaking while driving on a highway. The vehicle ahead slows down below a preset speed limit, the car’s radar system checks if side lane is empty while overtaking is automatically done without any driver intervention.
The third autonomous technology is EEBL – Emergency Electronic Brake Light. This functions through vehicle to vehicle connectivity if the car ahead is braking hard while an instant signal is sent to the vehicle behind so that the driver slows down or stops the car so as to avoid a crash. EEBL even functions if the braking vehicle is out of sight taking into consideration vehicles that are in a distance of 500 meters.
Test fleet comprises a host of Range Rovers, Jaguar F-Pace and Ford Mondeo besides Tata Tiago hatchback which has been specifically fitted with GLOSA (Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory). Trial runs are being conducted on a 66 km route in UK on closed circuit roads while tests in 2017 will be conducted on roads between Coventry and Milton Keynes. By 2018, tests will be conducted on open roads among regular traffic.
Below is a detailed video explaining the venture.