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,”
Sam Chapman from MOVE_UK partner The Floow Limited was selected by InnovateUK and UK's Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles to attend a research and trade delegation to Detroit. This Global Business Accelerator CAV group of individuals represented the leading growth firms in the connected and autonomous car sector who visited key autonomous research and industry in the motor city Detroit.
The one week mission included several site visits to leading research centres for autonomous cars and included attendance at two high visibility conferences alongside global leaders in automotive and related sectors. Key events where the project MOVE_UK was discussed included:
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.