❱ ❱ Roadside communication units fitted to Coventry road infrastructure will provide connected drivers with signal condition, road work warnings and other information

Infrastructure Connections go on Trial

Vehicle to infrastructure connectivity is being tested in Coventry as part of preparations to create a suitable environment for connected autonomous vehicles.

entered its second phase of testing, with connected cars going on trial on public roads to prepare the UK’s road networks for self-driving cars. The second phase of the UK CITE


consortium will see Jaguar Land Rover trial a range of intelligent connected features such as emergency electronic brake light warning (EEBL), emergency vehicle warning (EVW) and in-vehicle signage (IVS) for road works warning and traffic condition warning. The UK CITE project will create the

UK’s first fully connected infrastructure, using a globally unique combination of wireless technology, which can enable real-world testing in a safe and managed way. The project is funded by the Government’s £100m Connected and Autonomous Vehicle fund, delivered by Innovate UK. The project is worth a total of £7.1m including investment from the Government and Highways England. Work by Transport for West Midlands and Coventry City Council enabled the installation of critical infrastructure on urban roads in advance of the installation of 35 of Siemens’ ESCoS

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project to create one of the world’s most advanced environments for connected and autonomous driving has

road side units on the M40 and M42 motorways. These units provide the technical

platform for real-time data exchange between vehicles and traffic control equipment. Vodafone Group supported this phase of activity with the provision of 30 smartphones and network connectivity for infrastructure to vehicle communications.

SIMULATION SUPPORT In addition to on-road testing, simulation plays a key role in taking the project into its next phase. Automotive test and engineering body, HORIBA MIRA is developing a simulation system to model connected vehicles tested via the UK CITE corridor and Coventry University will be using the data from the live vehicle trials and scaling it into a larger virtual environment using simulation modelling. The UK CITE consortium combines

expertise from across the automotive industry as well as academic institutions and local authorities, ensuring the full scope of stakeholders are involved in the project. Led by Visteon Engineering Services and Jaguar Land Rover, the consortium also includes Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Highways England, HORIBA MIRA and other automotive industry companies..

❱ ❱ Suitably connected and equipped cars will

display additional information to drivers based on infrastructure communications

The lead consortium partner, Visteon Engineering Services, is responsible for overall technical architecture of the project, including multipath embedded software: According to the company’s Senior Business Development Manager, Claire Lewis, the next phase of testing is critical in testing the capabilities and providing valuable metrics of the connected network that’s being developed. “As part of the UK CITE project, we are creating vital technology to enable a safer and more efficient road network,” she says. Colin Lee, Jaguar Land Rover V2X

Manager, believes that in order to realise the full benefit of self-driving cars, it’s necessary to understand the infrastructure that’s needed to support them. “Connectivity not only takes us a step closer to making this a reality, but it also creates the platform to bring a great array of connected safety features to our customers in the near future. We’re working with some fantastic global experts across industry and academia and we’re eager to take the project into this next phase of testing,” he concludes.

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