10th September 2018 – Following months of analysis of UK collision data, defining priorities for simulation-based testing and curating a database of test scenarios, StreetWise is developing a proof of concept for a large-scale scenario database that will facilitate the testing and certification of autonomous vehicles for use on UK roads.

StreetWise, funded by InnovateUK, the UK’s innovation agency, has incorporated definitions of both static scenario elements, such as road geometry, and dynamic scenario elements, such as vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users, into its framework, which is now ready to be converted into Scenario Description Language.

In addition to parameterising many of these scenario elements, which significantly extends the scope for testing automated vehicles in simulations, StreetWise is now working on the definition of road user behaviours. Once established, this will be embedded into the scenarios and help to further extend the scenarios that have been developed from real-world collision data.

David Hynd, Chief Scientist for TRL, comments: “Automated vehicles represent the future of transport and have the potential to deliver tangible, wide-reaching benefits in relation to reduced congestion, faster and cheaper commutes, fewer collisions and cleaner air. Testing on public roads in real-world environments is an essential stage in the development of automated driving systems and managing and reducing potential risk must be carefully managed so that safety, and public trust in automated vehicles, can flourish.

“We’re very excited about this development and proud to be setting the standard for safe automated vehicle uptake in London and across the UK.”

The StreetWise project will develop and demonstrate the technology, safety validation methods, insurance and service models for delivering an automated personal mobility solution targeted at replacing the urban commuter car. Led by FiveAI, a UK-based company focussed on creating a fully autonomous, shared transport service for Europe’s cities, the StreetWise consortium also includes TRL, The University of Oxford, McLaren Applied Technologies,  Direct Line Group and Transport for London.

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