Innovate UK, Technology Strategy Board: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles - CRD.
Visteon Engineering Services Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd, Coventry City Council, Siemens PLC, Vodafone Group Services Ltd, Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd, Horiba Mira Ltd, Coventry University and University of Warwick.
Dr. Olivier Haas (PI), Dr. Cyriel Diels (Co-I), Dr. William Payre (RA), Dr. Oluwaleke Agbaje (RA), TBC (from Sept 2017)
The overall project aim is to create one of the world’s most advanced environments for connected and autonomous driving. The objectives are:
- establish how technology can improve journeys, reduce traffic congestion and provide in-vehicle entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.
- enable automotive, infrastructure and service companies to trial connected vehicle technology, infrastructure and services in real-life conditions on 40 miles of roads within Coventry and Warwickshire.
Coventry University’s objectives are to evaluate the impact of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems on drivers and other road users using:
- Human factor studies
- Vehicle and driver modelling within microscopic traffic simulation software environment
- Driver simulator studies.
The primary beneficiaries of the project include automotive (JLR, Visteon, Mentor Graphics), telecommunication (Vodafone, Plextek, Huawei), and traffic management industry (Siemens), R&D institutes (Horiba MIRA), universities (Coventry University, University of Warwick, University of Essex) and local and national authorities (Coventry City Council, Depart of Transport, Highways England).
The potential impact of this work is to increase the competitiveness of the UK automotive sectors contributing towards increased wealth creation and economic prosperity.
The economic impact of the outcomes of this project will be significant. Automotive OEM (in particular JLR) and their suppliers (in particular Visteon) will gain improved capabilities in terms of vehicle connectivity which is an essential and competitive feature estimated to be worth $113bn by 2020. The associated benefit the driver assistance and safety segments growing to $49bn and $33bn respectively with Compound Annual Growth Rate of 40% and 28% respectively. Financial growth from 2020 for Visteon and Siemens are estimated to be up to £210m and £40m respectively. Replacing current overhead gantry on motorways to inform drivers with in vehicle systems combined with V2X technologies (LTE, DSRC, WiFi and LTE-V ) will lead to significant savings (one order of magnitude over the estimated £11bn investment required to enable connected vehicles). Beneficiaries of deployment of V2X and V2V technologies include the haulage industry, and the 4 million rental/leasing vehicles in the fleets rental.
The main societal impact is linked to safer drivers in safer vehicles on safer roads. Driver assistance should reduce the main cause of accidents (human error/distraction) and reduce related financial impacts. Further societal impact is expected through improvement in air quality and CO2 emissions by the substitution of natural gas for gasoline or diesel fuels in propulsion systems.
In addition many of the proposed methods have applications in other engineering disciplines, such as Mechanical, Electrical, Manufacturing and Systems, telecommunication.
SUITS (Sustainable Urban Integrated Transport Systems: Transferable tools for S-M local authorities) aim is to substantially increase the capacity of Small-Medium local authorities to develop and implement sustainable, inclusive, integrated and accessible transport strategies, policies, technologies, practices, procedures, tools, measures and intelligent transport systems that recognize the end-to-end travel experiences of all users and freight.
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Tire Technology 2016 Young Scientist Award for Coventry PhD Student Greg Smith
The Tire Technology 2016 Young Scientist Prize was won by Gregory Smith for his paper on 'GS2MF', an advanced, flat-track tire test procedure used to gather data to parameterise Magic Formula 6.1 tire models. Smith has his own company, Tyre CAE & Modelling Consultants, but does much of his work at Jaguar Land Rover. He is also studying for a Ph.D, supervised by Professor Mike Blundell at Coventry University in the UK, and in his spare time writes for Tire Technology International.