Jaguar Land Rover engineers are keen to test their technology in the topsy-turvy world of everyday driving.
Project director Tim Armitage hailed it as a major landmark in the race to develop and introduce autonomous cars onto the UK's roads.
The trials explored the possibilities of autonomous cars that communicate with one another as well as their surroundings - including connected traffic lights, emergency vehicle warnings and emergency braking alerts.
"We are supporting innovative research that will be integral to the infrastructure, technology and legal landscape needed to make intelligent, self-driving vehicles a reality within the next decade".
Initially the cars will run on closed off sections of road before open road trials and demonstrations in both Coventry and Milton Keynes next year.
JLR is in the midst of developing fully and semi-autonomous vehicle technologies to give people the choice, with some feeling hesitant about giving up full control to a driverless auto. But ongoing testing will ensure the technology is up to scratch before it arrives on the market.
Jaguar has begun testing self-driving versions of its cars in real-world testing on the streets of its home city, Coventry.
"Along with battery technology they will also help to create thousands of new jobs in the automotive sector and its supply chain". Driver is informed that the emergency vehicle is approaching and advised to make way for it.
In-vehicle signage (IVS) is a feature which sends information about road conditions, traffic or other incidents on to an in-car display.
Finally, road trials of electronic emergency brake light (EEBL) are also scheduled.
Intersection Priority Management (IPM) - assigns priority when two or more connected vehicles come to an intersection without priority signs or traffic lights. In addition to this, green light optimal speed advisory (GLOSA) sends traffic light information to the auto and calculates the optimal speed for approaching a set of traffic lights.