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UK CITE Consortium Concludes Development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Test Environment

UK CITE, a project to create the most advanced real-world environment for testing communications technologies for connected and future autonomous vehicles, has come to a finish, completing infrastructure installation and cyber security testing alongside on-going large-scale trials on a road network in the Midlands.

The £7.1m project, which includes investment from the Government’s Intelligent Mobility Fund and Highways England, concluded with a demonstration held at the Coventry Transport Museum and on-road demonstration using a fleet of Jaguar Land Rover connected vehicles.

Focusing on creating a Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2X) test environment, UK CITE instigated the installation of ITS G5 (wireless) roadside units in Coventry and on the M40, M42, A45 and the A46 road network. These units enable messages displayed on smart motorway overhead gantry signs to be replicated in vehicles using in-vehicle information (IVI) messages. The messages transmitted include Road Works Warning, Traffic Condition Warning, Emergency Electronic Braking and Emergency Vehicle Warnings.

Claire Lewis, Senior Business Development Manager at lead consortium partner, Visteon Engineering Services Ltd. – responsible for overall technical architecture of the project, said: “UK CITE has successfully demonstrated a multi-technology environment, combining previously disparate communications systems, which will have a significant impact on improving road safety and traffic conditions – including congestion.

“As these communications technologies rapidly are becoming mainstream in today’s vehicles, the UK CITE test environment will prove a great asset for the development of connected and future autonomous mobility.”

In addition to on-road trialling of the V2X communications, simulation and modelling enabled the consortium to study the impact of connected technologies in different road, traffic and weather conditions comparing them to non-connected vehicle scenarios.

Colin Lee, Jaguar Land Rover V2X Manager said, “Implementing vehicle – to – vehicle (V2V) and vehicle – to – everything (V2X) connectivity offers huge opportunities to improve congestion, safety and efficiency of travel. By working with our partners on UK CITE we have been able to quantify the extent and impact of these benefits for road users. The collaborative nature has accelerated how quickly we can deliver connected technology so we can start improving journeys for our customers in the very near future.”

Plans are in place to roll the UKCITE environment into the Midlands Future Mobility programme, an investment of over £27m to create a world leading connected infrastructure and eco-system and positioning the Midlands as a centre for cutting-edge automotive and communication technologies’

Highways England project manager, Ian Thompson, said: “Highways England is proud to have worked with the consortium of partners on the UK CITE project.  We installed roadside infrastructure to allow the provision of real-time information to vehicles and ensured the participants met safety requirements necessary, to trial new technologies on our road network.”

The UK CITE consortium was jointly led by Visteon Engineering Services Limited and Jaguar Land Rover and includes Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Highways England Company Ltd, HORIBA MIRA, Huawei Technologies (UK) Ltd, Siemens, TfWM, Vodafone Group Services Ltd, and WMG at University of Warwick.

Connected car testing goes live in Coventry as part of UK CITE Consortium

A project to create one of the world’s most advanced environments for connected and autonomous driving has entered its second phase of testing, with connected cars going on trial on public roads to prepare the UK’s road networks for self-driving cars.

The second phase of the UK CITE consortium will see Jaguar Land Rover trial a range of intelligent connected features such as emergency electronic brake light warning (EEBL), emergency vehicle warning (EVW), and in-vehicle signage (IVS) for road works warning (RWW) and traffic condition warning (TCW).

The UK CITE project will create the UK’s first fully connected infrastructure, using a globally unique combination of wireless technologies, which can enable real-world testing in a safe and managed way. The project is funded by the Government’s £100m Connected and Autonomous Vehicle fund, delivered by Innovate UK. The project is worth a total of £7.1m including investment from the Government and Highways England.

Work by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and Coventry City Council enabled the installation of critical infrastructure on urban roads in advance of the installation of 35 of Siemens’ ESCoS road side units on the M40 and M42 motorways.

These units provide the technical platform for real-time data exchange between vehicles and traffic control equipment. Vodafone Group supported this phase of activity with the provision of 30 smartphones and network connectivity for infrastructure to vehicle communications.

In addition to on-road testing, simulation plays a key role in taking the project into its next phase. HORIBA MIRA is developing a simulation system to model connected vehicles tested via the UK CITE corridor and Coventry University will be using the data from the live vehicle trials and scaling it into a larger virtual environment using simulation modelling.

The UK CITE consortium comprises leading industry, academic and local and national governmental organisations. It is jointly led by Visteon Engineering Services Limited and Jaguar Land Rover and includes Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Highways England Company Ltd, HORIBA MIRA, Huawei Technologies (UK) Ltd, Siemens, TfWM, Vodafone Group Services Ltd, and WMG at University of Warwick.

Claire Lewis, Senior Business Development Manager at lead consortium partner, Visteon Engineering Services Ltd. – responsible for overall technical architecture of the project, including multipath embedded software, and a smartphone application, said: “This next phase of testing is critical in testing the capabilities and providing valuable metrics of the connected network we’re developing. The strides we’re making as part of the UK CITE project are creating vital technologies to enable a safer and more efficient road network.”

Colin Lee, Jaguar Land Rover V2X Manager said, “To realise the full benefit of self-driving cars, we need to understand the infrastructure that’s needed to support them. Connectivity not only takes us a step closer to making this a reality but it also creates the platform to bring a great array of connected safety features to our customers in the near future. We’re working with some fantastic global experts across industry and academia and we’re eager to take the project into this next phase of testing.”

Leading Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Consortium Demonstrates Latest Innovations at Jaguar Land Rover’s Gaydon Track

UK Connected Intelligence Transport Environment (UK CITE), a project to create the most advanced environment for testing connected and autonomous vehicles, demonstrated its latest innovations earlier today (Thursday, April 12) at Jaguar Land Rover’s Gaydon site.

The UK CITE project will create the UK’s first fully connected infrastructure, using a globally unique combination of wireless technologies, which can enable real-world testing in a safe and managed way. The project is funded by the Government’s £100m Connected and Autonomous Vehicle fund, delivered by Innovate UK. The project is worth a total of £7.1m including investment from the Government and Highways England.

The event displayed the technological advances made by the consortium to key partners, covering stakeholders from the automotive industry, technology and infrastructure providers and operators, and academia.

The talking car technologies demonstrated were the consortium’s Emergency Vehicle Warning (EVW), Emergency Electronic Brake Light (EEBL), Road Works Warning (RWW) and Traffic Condition Warning (TCW). These connected technologies allow cars to communicate with each other and the road infrastructure, providing intelligent insight on road conditions.

All of the technologies demonstrated at Gaydon provide advanced warning to the driver. This intelligent insight in to road conditions is a key benefit to Connected Vehicles, whether manned or autonomous. For instance, advanced warning that a car in front of you has applied its brakes, with no line of sight, offers obvious advantages to the user who can anticipate the need to alter their driving and avoid any potential accident.

Claire Lewis, Senior Business Development Manager at lead consortium partner, Visteon– responsible for the overall technical architecture of the project, including multi-path connected car hardware and software and a smartphone application – said: “We have made significant strides with the development of our Phase 1 technologies and this event provided a great opportunity for us to demonstrate the full functionality of these innovations to our key partners.

“These technologies are set to have a wide societal and infrastructural impact. With advanced warnings of Emergency Vehicles on the road response times will improve, as traffic proactively responds to their presence. In the same vein, a more informed understanding of road conditions will allow traffic pressures to ease on the road.”

Chris Holmes, Connected and Autonomous Car and Chassis Research, Senior Manager, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are proud to be part of the consortium pushing the UK automotive industry forward as a global leader, truly innovating in the field of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

“The technologies demonstrated by UK CITE will significantly help drivers and autonomous cars of the future understand unseen road hazards. Being at the forefront of developing these emerging technologies is something we take very seriously to provide safe and capable vehicles of the future”

Ian Thompson, Senior Technical Adviser at Highways England, said: “We’ve been working with our UK CITE partners to install the infrastructure needed to help vehicles communicate with each other and the environment around them. Safety is our top priority and the safety of road users will continue to be an integral part of this project, especially during any on-road testing of this emerging technology.”

“During the Year of Engineering, this is an exciting technology-led project to be working on and shows how rewarding and varied a career in the highways industry can be.”

HORIBA MIRA Reaches Key Milestone in UK CITE Project

HORIBA MIRA Ltd. – a leading independent provider of engineering consultancy, R&D and testing in the field of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) – has completed the development of a working traffic model as part of its work with the UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK CITE) consortium. 

The model is able to simulate traffic flows and driver behaviours along a mix of urban and motorway roads, reflecting what would be expected to be seen in the real world. This model is a key step towards the development of V2X communications simulations, which are due for completion by the end of the year. The model is a product of HORIBA MIRA’s new Simulation and Modelling team, developed with the Vissim microsimulation package from PTV; world leaders in traffic simulation.

The UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK CITE) consortium – made up of MIRA and 10 other consortium members – is a major project totalling £7.1m, which includes investment from Innovate UK. The project will enable automotive, infrastructure and service provider companies to trial connected vehicle technology, infrastructure and services in real-life conditions. The connected environment will be on 40 miles of roads within Coventry and Warwickshire, and will seek to understand how the technology can improve journeys, reduce traffic congestion and provide in-vehicle entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.

MIRA is leading the simulation and modelling activities for the project, which will predict how these technologies influence journeys and inform future deployment strategies to optimise socio-economic benefits. Critical to the deployment of these technologies is to ensure that they are safe and secure. In support of this, MIRA will be performing pre-deployment trials at its world-leading connected environment facilities on its Proving Ground, and producing cyber security guidelines.

Chris Reeves, Commercial Manager, Future Transport Technologies and Intelligent Mobility at HORIBA MIRA, said: “The completion of the traffic model is an important step forward within the project, and we’re delighted with the progress made to date.

“The project is helping to pave the way for the development and deployment of connected autonomous vehicles in the UK, and we’re proud to be working together with the UK CITE consortium on this innovative scheme.”

UK CITE is made up of a number of consortium partners within the automotive, infrastructure and service companies, and includes HORIBA MIRA, Visteon, Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens, WMG, University of Warwick, Coventry University, Coventry City Council, Vodafone, Huawei Technologies, Transport for West Midlands and Highways England. The UK CITE project will create the UK’s first fully connected infrastructure using a globally unique combination of wireless technologies, which can enable real-world testing in a safe and managed way.

UK CITE Consortium Announces Phase One of UK’s First Fully Connected Road Test Environment

June 1 2016

UK CITE Consortium Announces Phase One of UK’s First Fully  Connected Road Test Environment

A project to create one of the world’s most advanced environments for connected and autonomous driving begins today, June 1, following a successful application for funding from government’s £100 million Intelligent Mobility Fund. The fund, which has been established to accelerate research and development in connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, is administered by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

The globally unique UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK CITE) project – which could see trials on public roads as early as next year – is worth a total of £7.1m (including the investment from government) and will enable automotive, infrastructure and service companies to trial connected vehicle technology, infrastructure and services in real-life conditions on 40 miles of roads within Coventry and Warwickshire. The project will establish how technology can improve journeys, reduce traffic congestion and provide in-vehicle entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.

The UK CITE consortium comprises leading industry, academic and local and national governmental organisations. It is jointly led by Visteon Engineering Services Limited and Jaguar Land Rover and includes Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Highways England Company Ltd, HORIBA MIRA, Huawei Technologies (UK) Ltd, Siemens, Vodafone Group Services Ltd, and WMG at University of Warwick. The UK CITE project will create the UK’s first fully connected infrastructure on public roads using a combination of wireless technologies, which can enable real-world testing in a safe and managed way.

Phase One of the project will continue until the end of 2016 and will include the preparation of infrastructure on routes along the M40, M42, A46, and A45 – as well as an urban route in Coventry – and the preparation of a Vehicle, Systems and Gantry App, which will ensure variable roadside messages appear in-vehicle, either on the vehicle display or smartphone. Finally, pre-test trials will take place on HORIBA MIRA’s City Circuit.

Claire Lewis, Senior Business Development Manager at lead consortium partner, Visteon Engineering Ltd. – responsible for overall technical architecture of the project, including smartphone software and embedded VRSM software and hardware, said: “The UK CITE project is an ideal opportunity for automotive manufacturers, technology and infrastructure providers and service operators, and infrastructure operators to collaborate to develop a real-world test bed for connected technology in a non-competitive environment. The UK CITE project will enable all partners to accelerate their learning on cyber security and safety whilst exploring the commercial opportunities of the connected vehicle area.”

Tony Harper, Head of Research and Technology at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This real-life laboratory will allow Jaguar Land Rover’s research team and project partners to test new connected and autonomous vehicle technologies on five different types of roads and junctions. Other research corridors already exist in other parts of Europe. This test route with its mixture of road types and technology deployment is challenging the technology operation in real world environments and will provide the insight needed for deployment. This test route is exactly the sort of innovative infrastructure the UK needs to compete globally.

“The connected and autonomous vehicle features we will be testing will improve road safety, enhance the driving experience, reduce the potential for traffic jams and improve traffic flow. These technologies will also help us meet the increasing customer demand for connected services whilst on the move.”

The trials are likely to start on public roads as early as next year, following comprehensive initial tests on HORIBA MIRA’s City Circuit, which is a safe and fully controllable purpose built environment for the development and validation of Connected Autonomous Vehicle technologies and services.

 

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Notes to editors:

UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UKCITE) is a project to create the most advanced environment for testing connected and autonomous vehicles. It involves equipping over 40 miles of urban roads, dual-carriageways and motorways with combinations of three ‘talking car technologies’, and testing for a fourth, known as LTE-V. The project will establish how these technologies can improve journeys, reduce traffic congestion, and provide entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.

The project is expected to take a total of 30 months, and is made up of the following consortium members: Visteon Engineering Services Limited, Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Highways England Company Ltd, HORIBA MIRA, Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd, Siemens, Vodafone Group Services Ltd and WMG at University of Warwick.

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UK to launch first fully connected road test environment for vehicles

February 1 2016

Initial off-road trials will take place in late 2016 prior to a public road launch commencing 2017

A project to create a globally unique test environment for connected and autonomous driving in the UK has been given the green light after receiving a multi-million pound grant from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

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Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, Sajid Javid MP, today (Monday, February 1) visited HORIBA MIRA in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, to announce the £7.1 million UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK CITE) project.

This will enable automotive, infrastructure and service companies to trial connected vehicle technology, infrastructure and services in real-life conditions over the next two-and-a-half years on roads in Coventry and Warwickshire in the West Midlands.

The pilot scheme, which will create or safeguard up to 350 jobs, involves a group of companies and organisations led by Jaguar Land Rover and Visteon, and includes leading industry partners HORIBA MIRA, Siemens, Vodafone, WMG, University of Warwick, Huawei, Coventry University and Coventry City Council and supported by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

The consortium partners will create the first fully connected road infrastructure using a globally unique combination of wireless technologies which can enable real-world testing of connected, semi-autonomous and eventually autonomous driving in a safe and managed way. The infrastructure will form the basis of an on-going real world test facility which will be open to other manufacturers and technology companies to use.

Infrastructure and technology will be deployed on a mixture of different road types, including dual carriageways and city centre roads. The benefits of the technology will be to improve safety and efficiency of the road network. Computer modelling will simulate the impact of the wider take-up of this technology over time on drivers, infrastructure capacity, safety and cyber-security.

Initial off-road tests will take place at HORIBA MIRA in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, before the trials start on the public roads as early as 2017.

Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said this successful bid enhances the UK’s position as a leading hub for connected vehicle research and development.

He said: “This project places the UK at the forefront of connected and autonomous technology and will attract further research and development to the UK as well as being used by policy makers to provide recommendations on the investment in future programmes for smart transportation networks and mobility, nationally and internationally.”

The UK CITE project includes a £3.41 million grant from Innovate UK, which works with people, companies and partner organisations to support science and technology innovations that will grow the UK’s economy. The remaining project budget is provided by investment from the project’s partners.

Martin Green, Technology Manager at Visteon, said: “The consortium is made up of industry leaders in network, infrastructure and connected technology which, combined, facilitates the world’s first fully connected corridor trials.

“The project will focus on benefits for the road users, using connectivity and connected technology as an enabler for safer, efficient and more enjoyable journeys.”

Chris Reeves, Commercial Manager, Future Transport Technologies and Intelligent Mobility at HORIBA MIRA, said: “This project will pave the way for the development and deployment of connected autonomous vehicles in the UK and help the industry address global challenges relating to safety, efficiency and convenience. It will help establish the UK as a global centre of excellence and drive forward the commercialisation of connected vehicles, and deliver a major wealth creation and inward investment opportunity for the UK.”

Cllr Kevin Maton, CWLEP board director and Coventry City Council Cabinet Member for Business Enterprise and Employment, said: “We are delighted to be part of this project. Coventry has a proud tradition and a bright future when it comes to cutting-edge innovation. The partners in this project are all at the forefront of their sectors and we are in excellent company.

“As we strive to be a top ten city we are clear that research and development and this kind of connected technology will be critical to our success and to future opportunities for this and the next generation. It’s very exciting that autonomous cars will be on trial in our city as early as next year.”

Roland Meister, Head of Transport at the UK’s innovation experts Innovate UK said: “The UK is rapidly becoming one of the best places in the world for companies to develop their Intelligent Mobility business. We know that cooperative innovation leads to increased productivity and long term export success, which is why it is at the heart of Innovate UK’s ‘fund and connect’ strategy.

“Driven by our work with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles this competition has connected together the UK’s fantastic automotive industry, the research base, the insurance sector, public authorities and high growth businesses working in human behavioural science, telematics, information technology, communications, simulation, advanced sensor systems and machine learning. Backing that up with the right infrastructure and regulatory environment, we really are becoming world leaders. Through our ‘fund and connect’ strategy Innovate UK are getting Intelligent Mobility ideas off the drawing board and into our lives, making us more productive, whilst creating jobs, growth and exports.”