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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.”