Project to help ar­rival of driver­less cars

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS - SAM HADADI hinck­ley­times@trin­i­tymir­

A LO­CAL en­gi­neer­ing firm is proudly un­veil­ing a new prod­uct to sim­u­late traf­fic flow when au­ton­o­mous cars are finally launched.

HORIBA at MIRA, based on the A5, is launch­ing the traf­fic model as part of its work with the UK Con­nected In­tel­li­gent Trans­port En­vi­ron­ment (UK CITE) con­sor­tium.

The model can sim­u­late traf­fic flows and driver be­hav­iours along both ur­ban and mo­tor­way roads, cre­at­ing a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence to that of the ‘real’ world.

It is a large step to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween cars for traf­fic man­age­ment when ve­hi­cles are on the road with­out driv­ers.

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.

Chris Reeves, com­mer­cial man­ager 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 re­al­world test­ing in a safe and man­aged way.

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