UK CITE created a testbed for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) in real world environments, culminating in trials of CAVs in Coventry City and motorways
CAVs offer the opportunity to improve safety on roads, enhance mobility and decrease environmental impacts all of which have positive economic benefits.
Connecting the vehicles t the environment around them is one of the major challenges for regions. Particularly around vehicle to vehicle (V2V, to infrastructure (V2I) and to traffic data (V2X).
UK CITE assessed the functionality, safety and convenience offered by CAV. It also looked at the technologies from the perspective of technology maturity and cybersecurity. The project brought together partners and stakeholders from across the transport environment including local authorities, vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure and data contractors, and universities. This created a joined up environment with a number of the partners working closely and collaboratively for the first time to overcome the challenges and create a safe and effective real world environment.
Over a period of two years the project installed and demonstrated the effectiveness of connected vehicle technologies, culminating in a live demonstration of vehicles working autonomously in the centre of Coventry and the Motorways demonstrating validated benefits from the adoption of CAV technologies.

Resources needed

The project cost £5.46m of which £3.32m was funded by the UK government through INNOVATE UK.
Partners were required with the following responsibilities and skill sets:
National Roads
Urban Roads
Data Collection/Use
Road Infrastructure Maintenance
CAV Manufacture

Evidence of success

Demonstrated safe and effective use of CAVs in a busy city centre environment
Proof of concept that CAV can improve safety, mobility and have a positive effective on the environment.
Helped to create a more joined up environment in local traffic planning as the most significant players came together cooperatively and gained a better understanding of each other's problems and constraints.
The project has been extended for a further 8 years and given a wider brief to work over a greater area

Difficulties encountered

Wide partnership made initial understandings difficult.
Urban and national roads have very different infrastructures at different states of readiness
Technology changing so fast that technology envisaged and described when writing project not suitable by end
Legal and regulatory challenges

Potential for learning or transfer

This is a good practice that should be considered in any and every major city in Europe. Whilst some of the technologies and experience are directly transferable, the learning from carrying out the project is arguably more important. Transport and planning for our connected future cites needs cost effective solutions that can be rolled out across the continent. The more that the major players in both national and local transport environments run this kind of project together the more they will understand the changes that are required both in their relationships and in the infrastructures that they are responsible for.

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Main institution
Coventry University Enterprises Ltd
West Midlands, United Kingdom
Start Date
June 2016
End Date
December 2018


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