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

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

The site will be a collaborative 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.

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.