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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- 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
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.
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The offroad parts supplier www.getoffroad.com 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
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