Fully autonomous vehicles are one step closer to arriving on the UK’s streets, thanks to the latest round of ground-breaking research from MOVE_UK. The consortium, led by Bosch, has completed the first phase in its three-year research programme, designed to accelerate the development of automated driving systems and make them intelligent and safe enough for the UK’s roads.
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:
Low carbon and self-driving vehicles are the future and the UK is determined to be one of the leaders in this technological revolution. Through our Industrial Strategy, the Government is laying the foundations to ensure the UK seizes the opportunities presented by the development of our next generation of vehicles.
Taking place in the Royal Borough of Greenwich – one of the UK’s leading ‘smart cities’ and a global reference point for mobility innovation – the project has enabled the MOVE_UK consortium to develop a new validation method that will reduce the time taken to test automated driving systems and bring them to market.
The project’s data is gathered from sensors installed on a fleet of Land Rover vehicles that have so far completed more than 30,000 miles of driving on public roads in Greenwich by council workers from their fleet services department. As part of the new validation method, data is selected and recorded intelligently which helps to reduce the total volume of data collected and speed up validation of the automated driving functions in the real world. The data is then automatically transferred to a central cloud, allowing researchers to analyse it remotely, using newly developed tools. As a result, the consortium partners are able to analyse how automated driving functions respond in the real world, helping to ensure that future autonomous vehicles drive in a natural way, retaining the positive driving characteristics of a good driver.
The next two phases of the project will see additional sensors added to the test vehicles, so by the end of the project the data gathered will be from full 360-degree surround sensing.
Arun Srinivasan, Executive Vice President and Head of Mobility Solutions, Bosch UK said:
This ground-breaking project is a major step for the UK in becoming a world leader in automated and connected vehicle technology. The data collected is particularly valuable, as it is being generated through ‘real world’ driving, rather than from the test track. As the project’s lead partner, we are pleased that the new validation method being trialled takes us one step closer to fully autonomous driving and to our vision of accident-free and stress-free driving for the future
The MOVE_UK research programme is also allowing Direct Line and The Floow to start developing more accurate insurance models associated with automated driving technology. This has only been possible due to the unprecedented volume of ‘real world’ data available which will help towards providing insurance products and pricing that is more closely linked to risk.
At the same time, TRL has started to use the “Big Data” resource to develop a UK framework for regulatory and type approval safety requirements for automated driving technologies.
Richard Cuerden, Academy Director at TRL commented:
The completion of the first phase of the project brings us another step closer to seeing autonomous vehicles on UK roads. Through MOVE_UK we are able to compare the behaviour of the automated driving systems with the behaviour of human drivers, which, in turn, will help to improve the safety and validation of automation systems.
MOVE_UK was showcased at the Bosch transforMOTION mobility event today which took place at Somerset House in central London. As well as MOVE_UK, a variety of other innovative solutions that utilise automated and connected technologies were displayed.
Some of the biggest names, brains and game-changers in tech and transport (such as Hod Lipson & Carol Vorderman) were also at the event, sharing their thoughts on some of the topics that are influencing our future.
MOVE_UK is published in The Times today for its work in using autonomous car data to help inform insurance regulation and operations in the UK. The article explains the critical role of the Insurance industry in the development and adoption of in-car technology and how data helps to improve the understanding of risk.
MOVE_UK is very focused on one aspect, validation - we are trialling a new more efficient method. Traditional routes for validation are simply too slow and costly, especially as the technologies become more sophisticated, so we're taking a new approach by testing systems in "silent-mode", in real world conditions on the road.
This article is published in a Raconteur special supplement within The Times today. This supplement presents the "Future of Transport" which includes a full page question and answers section regarding the impact of vehicle data on insurance and risk.
You can read the full article here:
Members of the MOVE_UK consortium highlighted the project in presentations and also the events panel session at the CWIC Starter: Mobility and Transport workshop organised by Cambridge Wireless. This event included presentations on the future shared use of self-driving, non-polluting vehicles that communicate with each other to improve safety and efficiency of their operation.
Key presentations included:
Bosch Connected World, which took place this year from 15-16th March is now one of Europe’s largest industry events for all things connected and autonomous; over 2000 people attended the event.
This year there was a huge focus on Connected & Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI), with speakers from Bosch, Amazon, Intel, NVidia, and Mobileye, to name just a few. The CEO of NVidia even announced a partnership with Bosch on developing a new AI enabled car computer to support level 4 autonomous driving.
MOVE_UK also got significant coverage at the event during a presentation given by Bosch’s Executive Vice President, Jumana Al-Sibai.
In addition, there was a Bosch booth dedicated to connected development, the basis for the MOVE_UK project. This included the first public demonstration of the web interface being used to analyse some of the early results from MOVE_UK. This demonstration was given by the MOVE_UK technical lead, Kia Hafezi.