UK CITE, a project to create the most advanced real-world environment for testing communications technologies for connected and future autonomous vehicles, has come to a finish, completing infrastructure installation and cyber security testing alongside on-going large-scale trials on a road network in the Midlands.
The £7.1m project, which includes investment from the Government’s Intelligent Mobility Fund and Highways England, concluded with a demonstration held at the Coventry Transport Museum and on-road demonstration using a fleet of Jaguar Land Rover connected vehicles.
Focusing on creating a Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2X) test environment, UK CITE instigated the installation of ITS G5 (wireless) roadside units in Coventry and on the M40, M42, A45 and the A46 road network. These units enable messages displayed on smart motorway overhead gantry signs to be replicated in vehicles using in-vehicle information (IVI) messages. The messages transmitted include Road Works Warning, Traffic Condition Warning, Emergency Electronic Braking and Emergency Vehicle Warnings.
In addition to on-road trialling of the V2X communications, simulation and modelling enabled the consortium to study the impact of connected technologies in different road, traffic and weather conditions comparing them to non-connected vehicle scenarios.
Plans are in place to roll the UKCITE environment into the Midlands Future Mobility programme, an investment of more than £27m to create a world leading connected infrastructure and eco-system and positioning the Midlands as a centre for cutting-edge automotive and communication technologies.
The UK CITE consortium was jointly led by Visteon Engineering Services Limited and Jaguar Land Rover and includes Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Highways England Company Ltd, HORIBA MIRA, Huawei Technologies (UK) Ltd, Siemens, TfWM, Vodafone Group Services Ltd, and WMG at University of Warwick.