Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Run “Talking” Car Trial

Self-driving cars a thing of the future? It could happen sooner than you think! Jaguar Land Rover and Ford are currently embarking on the first trials of this kind, and the United Kingdom wants to have self-driving vehicles by the end of 2020.

Jaguar Land Rover and Ford are testing cars that “talk” to one another. The hope is that by communicating with each other, cars will be able to eliminate accidents and cut down drive times by automatically putting you on the most efficient route.

Over the next four years, Jaguar Land Rover plans to manufacture more than 100 vehicles to be used as research to, hopefully, further the technology needed for self-driving vehicles.

Vehicles that speak to each other and connect with different types of technology will be able to adjust their speeds to miss fewer traffic lights, and will know if another vehicle suddenly hits its breaks.

They will be able to let other cars know their breaking status, steering-wheel position, speed, which lane they are in, and other data. In short, vehicles will be so in tune with every vehicle around them that you will not have to worry about accidents.

A lot of vehicles already have different kinds of technology that can detect their surroundings, but it is limited. It often cannot see past a few car lengths away. The technology being tested by Jaguar Land Rover and Ford is still imperfect and will need more time and energy focused on it to create vehicles that can safely transport their inhabitants.

However, this trial is just the start of a new era of vehicle we hope to see on the roads very soon. Self-driving cars may seem to be a little futuristic, but if something can be created to lower or eliminate the amount of vehicle accidents every year, it is probably worth our attention.


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New Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations Paint Facility

Land Rover has built a brand new Special Vehicle Operations paint facility that will deliver cars with almost limitless paint options. Customers will be able to select any color and any finish.

The vehicle starts in the top notch body shop where it is cleaned thoroughly to pave the way for a perfect paint application. Once the vehicle is cleaned, it is hand sprayed by a master painter to guarantee optimum coverage. Then two cutting edge robots apply a perfect finish across the entire vehicle. This is done with absolute precision, measured down to the last micron.

The vehicle is then dried in the over and then cooled to the correct temperature to make sure the protective top coat will adhere perfectly. Once the clear protective top coat has been applied it is cured in the main oven. Finally, the vehicle enters the audit facility where it is thoroughly checked for an outstanding paint finish and uniformity.

Land Rover is always striving to offer more advanced paint technologies. This is implemented in many ways, including duo tone finishes and ChromaFlair.

Duo tone adds to the individuality and customization of the vehicle. Customers can choose complementing colors to really refine and personalize.

The ChromaFlair finish adds to the customers’ personal tastes. This finish includes pigments that exhibit a wide range of hue. This gives vibrant colors a color change when you look at it from different angles and in different levels of light.

This facility was built based on the principals of technology, craft, and environment. By using state of the art equipment, expert technicians, and a sustainable environment, vehicles are treated with the utmost care and detail.

By using the Special Vehicle Operations Premium Paint Palette, customers are offered greater individuality and appearance. The SVO state of the art paint facility has almost infinite ability to match any color. Their state of the art mixing technology allows customers to request any hue. They are only limited by their imagination.

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America’s Cup – Land Rover BAR

The Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing, or Land Rover BAR, sailing team is led by Sir Ben Ainslie, arguably the most successful Olympic sailor ever, and made up of some of the best British and international sailors, designers, builders, and racing support.

Land Rover BAR was established in 2014.

Using machine learning to analyze the performance of Land Rover vehicles, Mauricio Munoz, a Jaguar Land Rover Performance Engineer, uses this data and applies it to the systems that manage the electronics and hydraulic systems on the boat the Land Rover BAR team uses.

“Essentially, what we are trying to do is get a better insight of how or why the boat is performing in the way that it is performing and try to find ways to better increase its performance,” Munoz explains, “Basically, what I’m looking for are patterns, combinations of behaviors that the boat has that could potentially give us a clue as to why the boat goes faster in certain conditions. “

“We’re applying machine learning and artificial intelligence, and they haven’t really been applied to this sort of data before. Machine learning at BAR, that’s the cavalry of performance analysis. With machine learning, what you can do is, to save time, instead of having to go out on the water and changing one thing, we can virtually change many things at once. It is absolutely fantastic.”

Implementing this data and improving performance will, hopefully, allow Land Rover BAR to bring home a victory at the America’s Cup.

“It would be really really rewarding if we win the cup now and if we could essentially trace that back to some of the analysis that we did. It is just as much as having a really well trained sailing team as it is to have a boat that’s easy to sail. When you connect the two, I think that’s what is really going to bring it home.”

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All-New Discovery Features

Land Rover recently revealed the All-New Discovery. The All-New Discovery comes in four different models, the SE, the HSE, the HSE Luxury, and the First Edition. Each model has their own unique features to choose from, including engines.

The All-New Discovery SE features the 3.0 Liter Si6 Petrol Automatic. This engine features 4-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic, 340 horsepower, with a maximum RPM of 3,500-5,000. It has a maximum speed of 130 miles per hour with an acceleration of 0-60 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds. The fuel capacity is 23.5 gallons.

The All-New Discovery HSE, HSE Luxury, and First Edition feature an option between the 3.0 Liter Si6 Petrol Automatic and the 3.0 Liter Td6 Diesel Automatic. The 3.0 Liter Td6 Diesel Automatic engine features 4-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic, 254 horsepower, with a maximum RPM of 1,750-2,250. It has a maximum speed of 130 miles per hour with an acceleration of 0-60 miles per hour in 7.7 seconds. The fuel capacity is 22.5 gallons.

The All-New Discovery SE standard features include, but are not limited to, stop/start technology, hill descent control, anti-lock braking system, hill start assist, dynamic stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, acoustic laminated windscreen, door puddle lights, trailer stability assist, front and rear recovery hooks, auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, upper secondary glovebox, and overhead sunglasses storage.

The All-New Discovery HSE include the SE standard features, but also include, but are not limited to, heated rear window with rear wash wiper, power fold heated door mirrors with approach lights, bright treadplates, shopping bag hook, two-zone climate control, and natural shadow oak veneer.

The All-New Discovery HSE Luxury includes the SE and HSE standard features, but also include, but are not limited to, Atlas grille with Narvik Black surround, Atlas fender vents with Narvik Black surround, power sunroof, keyless entry, front parking aid, rear view camera, and powered inner tailgate.

The All-New Discovery First Edition includes the SE standard features, but also include, but are not limited to, extended leather interior, premium carpet mats, and connected navigation.

Whatever model you choose, you cannot go wrong. To find out more about the All-New Discovery, call or visit Land Rover Frisco today!

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LEGO World Record & All-New Discovery

Land Rover helped break a Guinness World Record by using a 22 foot LEGO replica of London’s Tower Bridge to assist in revealing the All-New Land Rover Discovery. The model, built by a team of master LEGO builders, was made using over 5,805,846 individual LEGO bricks, beating the previous record holder by just over 470,000 bricks. This gives the Tower Bridge model the title for Largest Lego Structure (most bricks). It was built over 150 days and even features a working drawbridge.

The reveal of the All-New Land Rover Discovery also featured two LEGO “Discovery Zones.” An Adventure Sone, which featured international explorer Bear Grylls, and an Equestrian Zone, which featured British rider Zara Phillips. The All-New Discovery, driven by Ben Ainslie, moved across the model followed by a life-size replica of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing Boat.

The All-New Land Rover Discovery is the most versatile Land Rover model yet. It comes with Land Rover’s new Intelligent Seat Fold technology which allows owners to configure the seven seats in their Discovery from anywhere in the world with their smart phone and plenty of storage.

Partnered with Meridian, a leader in high-performance audio technologies and digital sound processing, Land Rover has created 10 and 16 speaker advanced audio systems for the All-New Discovery. Both options feature Dynamic Volume Control technology to make sure all undesired noise is balanced out. Another technology perk of the All-New Discovery is the Optimal Rear Seat Entertainment system. This system provides 8 inch screens that are built into each front seat headrest. Mobile Hi-Definition Link and USB connections, WhiteFire digital wireless headphones, and HDMI are included.

The exterior of the All-New Discovery is truly designed for the next generation. The All-New Discovery demonstrates well-crafted and sculpted surfaces to showcase a new level of refinement. The interior was designed using inspiration from the classic Discovery. It uses strong horizontal and vertical lines. The interior also boasts a panoramic roof. This one-of-a-kind roof makes the cabin of the vehicle feel larger and provides plenty of natural light.

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