MOVE_UK is happy to release Data Analysis Report Phase 1. This document details the data analysis work carried out during phase 1 of the MOVE_UK project, including the data collection and analysis methodology, tools used, and phase 1 use cases. More details on this report can be found on the publication page or link above.
The top image shows detections made over a one-week period in April 2017. The bottom image shows detections made over a one-week period in May 2017, including numerous detections of a new 20mph sign
Over the past couple of weeks, The Floow’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sam Chapman, has had the opportunity to talk about the innovative work they are doing surrounding autonomous vehicles including work in the MOVE_UK project.
Firstly, Sam was invited by Fosun and the Insurance Association of China to speak at the General Insurtech Innovation Conference in Shanghai, China. He spoke about the need for insurers to understand changing risks that are likely to be associated with the adoption of autonomous vehicles and highlighting research The Floow and MOVE_UK are doing, as part of the project, to help understand future mobility risk.
As part of the project, The Floow’s aim is to understand risk in light of new technologies and come up with improved means for understanding changing risks before technology hits the mainstream automotive market.
They are doing this by collecting and analysing large quantities of specially captured journey data from the MOVE_UK test vehicles in order to understand risk factors and how they may alter when the public start to use more advanced autonomous technologies, which without this advanced investigation could become problematic.
We hope that this research will also help governments, local authorities and businesses, such as insurers and automotive manufacturers, to effectively build the future of motoring.
The UK Government, in particular, are extremely interested in autonomous vehicles and progressing mobility throughout the country to make the most of the technology which is starting to become available.
Sam Chapman, alongside The Floow’s CEO and Founder Aldo Monteforte, got the chance to speak to Minister for Trade and Export Promotion, Baroness Fairhead, when she visited The Floow Campus earlier this month.
This was part of her recent visit to the North of England where she had the opportunity to speak to Sam and Aldo about the company’s rapid growth, their expansion into international markets and their work on the MOVE_UK project.
She was particularly interested in how the work The Floow are doing will help to advance the future of changing risks and how our research can help to make the transition and adoption of new technology as smooth as possible for the public and any organisations who are likely to be affected.
Of the visit, Baroness Fairhead, said;
I was delighted to visit The Floow on my first visit to the Sheffield City Region as Minister for Trade and Exports. The company is an excellent representative of the region on the world stage as demonstrated by their rapid expansion in the US and the Chinese investment they attracted earlier this year. We stand ready to help UK companies – large and small – to build their businesses for exporting.
Sam commented on the visit by Baroness Fairhead to say;
We're delighted that Baroness Fairhead chose to spend time with us today in our Sheffield HQ. It was a pleasure to be able to speak to her about everything from our global expansion to our work on autonomous vehicles as part of the MOVE_UK project. We believe that working on and preparing for the future of automotive technology is extremely important and that is why we strive to keep innovating and pushing the boundaries in our mission to make mobility safer and smarter for all.
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.