MOVE_UK was one of several projects featured on the Meridian CAV showcase at LCV CENEX (The UK's premier Low Carbon and Future Vehicle technology event). MOVE_UK first attended LCV CENEX in 2016 to highlight the project's scope and its intention to accelerate the development of automated driving systems. Since this first visit a lot has changed both within our project and also outside it. One such change is the presence of a much larger number of CAV projects at LCV Cenex, which this year were centred around the Meridian CAV showcase. MOVE_UK was prominently placed on this showcase which highlighted the developments in CAV in the UK. During the event the MOVE_UK team where highly active; involvements included:
Overall the LCV CENEX event showed how far UK CAV technologies have come in a short space of time. MOVE_UK is very proud to be a central part of these growing developments.
MOVE_UK has been centre stage at LCV CENEX showcasing its early work in accelerating automated driving by connected validation and big data analysis. The MOVE_UK project was highlighted at LCV CENEX with a briefing presentation and a stand with one of the project vehicles which will in early 2017 be operating and gathering mobility data in Greenwich, UK.
The project helps support the governments aims to advance autonomous technology in the U.K. and benefits from a £3.4m UK government grant to help advance the state of art in autonomous vehicle validation. This grant comes from the UK government’s £100m Intelligent Mobility fund, which is administered by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
First announced on 1st Feb 2016 by the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, a consortium of companies, led by Bosch, will help position the UK as a world leader in automated and self-driving cars. Today (1st August 2016), this project is now launched.
Bosch takes a commanding role in the MOVE_UK project, which benefits from a £5.5 million grant awarded by InnovateUK and will see driverless technology trialled in real world conditions on roads in Greenwich, London.
The UK project partners include:
Together, the partners will see MOVE_UK accelerate the entry of automated, driverless car technologies to the UK market. The project will increase the rate of development and testing of these technologies at a lower cost to vehicle manufacturers.
Automated technology in cars will help to prevent accidents, reduce congestion and emissions in cities, offering a more pleasant experience for motorists. However, automated driving is highly complex and requires a large amount of data, which needs extensive validation to ensure that systems respond to a wide range of real world driving situations.
During the three-year MOVE_UK project, driverless systems will be tested in the real world, providing large amounts of data that will be used to develop and improve the technology. This data will enable the development of new and faster ways of improving and demonstrating the safety of automated driving systems.
The information can provide smart cities with new ways to improve services for residents and look after the environment. It will also help the UK automotive industry understand how data from cars can be processed to benefit drivers, providing a real insight into how driverless technologies will change automotive businesses in the future.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is the host local authority providing a smart city trial environment for the project. Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of Royal Borough of Greenwich, said:
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is delighted to be part of this ground breaking project and to be working alongside such innovative and prestigious UK companies. The choice of Greenwich to host MOVE_UK further consolidates Greenwich's position as a living lab for smart mobility in the heart of the Capital, and a leader in smart city innovation. We look forward to gaining valuable insights into the operations of connected cars in the future, how they can help address the problems modern cities face and also how we can help accelerate their deployment capturing the benefits for the UK, London and Greenwich.
Bosch, together with Jaguar Land Rover, will provide vehicles, technology and state-of-the-art design expertise to the project. Arun Srinivasan, Head of UK Automotive Division with Bosch Original Equipment, commented:
We are excited to be the lead-partner of such a ground-breaking project. Bosch strives for excellence in all that it does and in leading the MOVE_UK consortium, Bosch will help to establish the UK as world leader in automated technology. The use of Bosch technology will help to speed up the launch of automated driving technologies, making the vision of injury and accident free driving a reality for everyone.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said:
To successfully introduce autonomous cars, we actually need to focus more on the driver than ever before. Understanding how drivers react to a range of very dynamic and random situations in the real world is essential if we want drivers to embrace autonomous cars in the future.
TRL will process the data captured, providing essential insight for future tests and informing any regulatory changes that will need to be made. Rob Wallis, CEO of TRL, said:
TRL is building a strong, reputable portfolio of UK based projects in vehicle automation, and this is another great example of a ground-breaking project in this area. By creating a unique evidence base for automated driving systems, we will not only help to develop and speed up validation of these systems in the UK, but also guide future thinking around the development of virtual and physical testing approaches for years to come.
Direct Line Group's contribution to the project will help to bridge the gap between the automotive and insurance industries by providing crucial dialogue and reassessing the risk landscape for automated cars. Paul Geddes, CEO, at Direct Line Group, said:
Direct Line Group is delighted to be part of this unique consortium. We recognise the increasingly important role played by automated and driverless systems in improving road safety. We also understand that DLG and the wider UK Insurance industry have a key role in enabling the deployment and adoption of these technologies on UK roads.
The Floow's telematics will allow the consortium to compare the behaviour of the vehicle to that of a human driver in the same real world environment. Sam Chapman, Chief Innovation Officer, at the Floow, said:
The Floow is an independent UK SME that supports the leading insurers of the world, serving their actuaries with the industry's most advanced mobility understanding. It has the largest independent science team in the telematics industry; we push the data frontier, delivering proven predictive analytics and digital end-user services that transform insurance operations.