Category Archives: Automotive

T&VS Bring V&V Expertise to Innovate UK Funded Autonomous Commerical Vehicles Project

Dubbed “RoboPilot”, the project will see Charge Automotive lead a consortium, including T&VS, to bring autonomous racing technology to the light commercial vehicle market and demonstrate SAE level 4 autonomy.

RoboPilot features in the second stream of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV2) projects that were recently awarded £31m of Innovate UK led funding.  The CAV2 projects are focused in the areas of vehicle energy reduction and air quality improvements.

T&VS will work to accelerate the ‘safety’ components of the consortiums vision, working with partners on the verification and validation of the complex cyber physical systems involved in autonomous vehicle deployment.

RoboPilot combines input from sensors around the vehicle such as radars, cameras, ultrasonics and lidars (light sensors to measure the distance to a target object) with mapping, artificial intelligence and fleet information, which is then acted on by autonomous software.

The project will initially develop & demonstrate autonomous driving functionality for an electric delivery van, which can then be adapted and rolled out to larger trucks and buses.

Mike Bartley, CEO and Founder of T&VS said, “It is great to have our expertise in the verification and validation of advanced driverless technology recognised by Innovate UK.  We look forward to working with our consortium partners to spearhead the development of the UK’s world-leading autonomous vehicle technology.”

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Consortium Members

  • Charge Automotive Ltd (Lead)
  • AXA UK plc
  • Loughborough University
  • University of West of England
  • University of Bristol
  • UPS UK Ltd
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • Test and Verification Solutions Ltd
  • Thales UK Limited

About CAV

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is a joint unit of the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport. CCAV is a single point of contact for those in industry, academia and internationally set up to keep the UK at the forefront of the development of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

Find Out More

If you would be interested in applying the lessons from this project to your business please contact one of our V&V consultants today.

Alternatively call one of our local sales offices.


The Growth Of The Autonomous Car Market

The offroad parts supplier recently finished working on a research graphic “The Growth Of The Autonomous Car Market”, which they agreed we could share with our readers as it provides a very good summary of the current state-of-play.

The autonomous car market is currently growing at an existential rate and many driverless vehicles are expected to be on our roads this year, and in large numbers.

Critics have publically stated how they feel about these types of vehicles hitting our roads but many fail to realise that this development started over 80 years ago – and the experts feel these initial plans (and the public testing in 2016 along with huge investment inbetween) will be put into practice before we know it.

There have been many financial, practical and scientific challenges involved in the development of these vehicles that we decided to explore further.

In the infographic, you will discover:

  • The history of autonomous cars
  • The challenges involved in engineering the coveted autonomous car
  • How DARPA have been involved in testing driverless cars
  • The advent of Google X
  • The science behind autonomous vehicles
  • What the future holds for the autonomous car market
  • Which car brands have driving patents for autonomous vehicles
  • The projected launch date for driverless card (for test or commercial purpose)
  • Projected market penetration of autonomous cars in the UK
  • SAE levels explained

The Growth Of The Autonomous Car Market

Best ways for Testing Vehicle Active Safety Systems

In many instances industry-wide and regulatory test protocols have been established to assess vehicle safety performance. But when it comes to evaluating supplemental systems that might interrupt or override a driver’s operational control of a vehicle. This article from Ansible Motion outlines how to control the vehicle in ways that may not synchronize with the intentions of on-board safety systems. Continue reading

The growing importance of ISO26262 tool qualification for automotive software vendors

Commercial test tools are helping automotive software vendors to save time, but off-the-shelf solutions also must be qualified to safety-critical requirements. As ISO26262 grows in importance as a means of demonstrating best practices, the ability to produce compliance documentation will become increasingly critical. This article from Embedded Computing outlines why ISO26262 is increasingly important as a liability defense mechanism. Read More
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Getting ISO26262 Faults Straight

ISO26262 for automotive requires that the impacts of random hardware faults on hardware used in vehicles are thoroughly analyzed and the risk of safety critical failures due to such faults is shown to be below a certain threshold.

This article from Mentor Graphics describes where random hardware faults are coming from, how the probability for their occurrence is calculated. Continue reading

Quality and Safety in Automotive Electronics: Venturing Beyond ISO26262

Safety is a recognized problem and it drove the creation of ISO-26262, an industry-wide standard for the development of safety-critical electronics systems and provides a necessary step to ensure automotive safety. This article from Semi Engineering outlines how the quality and safety plays a vital role in automotive industry. Continue reading

Bringing better security to mobile, automotive or IoT

Applications installed from untrusted sources make it very difficult to identify and stop potential security breaches. This article from Imagination Technologies outlines how to implement security for hardware and software architecture in today’s connected world and describes why designing advanced security in connected devices is more important than ever. Continue reading