Driving a self-driving Range Rover
In anticipation of the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Jaguar Land Rover, partner of the sporting event, has invited the war's wounded and mutilated fighters to try a self-driving Range Rover Sport on some of the UK's busiest roads.
Mark "Dot" Perkins, captain of the British team and Simone Careddu, competitor of the Italian team, joined former participants Jamie Weller and JJ Chalmers to drive the SUV with level 4 autonomy, on the streets of Milton Keynes.
The four have successfully crossed intersections and roundabouts, passed traffic lights and lane changes, reaching a top speed of 80 km/h.
These technological innovations, also developed through participation in the UK Autodrive Consortium, have been designed to meet the daily challenges posed by urban environments, such as pedestrians, cyclists, security and infrastructure.
Competitor feedback will help Jaguar Land Rover to better understand how autonomous technology could improve the lives of millions of people living in reduced mobility.
"Eliminating current barriers could allow extraordinary people to do extraordinary things," said the company, effectively interpreting the spirit of the Invictus Games.