In picturesque Greenwich, South-East London, cars of the future are being tested in plain sight - yet the public has little idea that they are facilitating the evolution of how we get around our towns and cities.
Since August 2016, the MOVE_UK project has studied Automated Driving Systems (ADS) in real-life conditions, with the aim of accelerating the development, production and deployment of driverless systems through connected validation and big data analysis.
According to Simon, the problem with the current method is the huge volume of information picked up by car sensors, which is set to grow as automated driving systems develop.
“In the future, the amount of data generated by ADS systems will be greater than 8GBs a second – that equates to streaming over two Netflix films per second.”
Headed by Bosch, the three-year MOVE_UK project is a joint effort
with TRL, Jaguar Land Rover, telematics experts The Floow,
insurance provider Direct Line and the Royal Borough of
Greenwich, with part funding provided by the UK government.
“It is not often that you get such a diverse group of companies working together, but Automated Driving is set to have such a wide effect outside the car manufacturing space.”
“Councils, for example, will need to plan how their infrastructure is going to cope with driverless cars and insurers will have to figure out how they are going to insure them,” he says.
“The greatest success of all is to see that this new method, and the “real world” data we are collecting, will be used to develop systems that will go into our cars in the next few years,”