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Technology helps build trust in self-driving cars


New technology which aims to find out how people can develop their trust in self-driving vehicles has been development by Jaguar Land Rover. The technology beams a series


of projections onto the road to show the future intentions of the vehicle, as part of research into how trust in autonomous technology can be improved. In the future, the projections


could even be used to share obstacle detection and journey updates with pedestrians. These projections, tested on


autonomous pods developed by Aurrigo, feature a series of lines or bars with adjustable spacing. The gaps shorten as the pod is


preparing to brake before fully compressing at a stop. As the pod moves off and


accelerates, the spacing between the lines extends. Upon approaching a turn, the bars fan out left or right to indicate the direction of travel. Trials were set up by a team of


advanced engineers, working in Jaguar Land Rover’s Future Mobility


division, after studies showed 41 per cent of drivers and pedestrians are worried about sharing the road with autonomous vehicles. The system was tested at a


Coventry facility, with engineers recording trust levels reported by pedestrians both with and without projections. Pete Bennett, future Mobility


Research manager at Jaguar Land


Rover, said: “Just like any new technology, humans have to learn to trust it, and when it comes to autonomous vehicles, pedestrians must have confidence they can cross the road safely. “This pioneering research is


forming the basis of ongoing development into how self-driving cars will interact with people in the future.”


Sector Focus


Top award for travel service


A Lichfield firm that specialises in accommodation and travel booking services for the media industry has been scooped a top industry accolade. Access Bookings scooped


the ‘Best Travel Management Company (Less than £50m UK annual sales)’ prize at the 2019 Business Travel Awards. The firm was praised by the


judging panel as having “showed it understood customer needs, with great satisfaction levels and referrals, and was a clear winner in the category.” Directors Ian Taylor-Brett


and Patricia Barnes said in a joint statement: “We are elated to receive such a prestigious, well recognised award. “We wouldn’t have achieved


this without our loyal customers, our fantastic suppliers and of course, our wonderful team. “We’d like to thank every


one of the team for their hard work, passion and their drive to deliver exceptional customer service – we’re extremely proud of this achievement.”


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