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We are part of an innovative £11 million programme to pioneer connected and autonomous car technology in the UK. Through a strategic partnership of research councils, universities and industry we are at the forefront of exploring how autonomous vehicles could be designed in the future.  

5 year research programme
£11 million
research programme
A collaboration bringing together UKs leading experts

The challenge

Road users and pedestrians need confidence that driverless cars are a safe and viable option on our roads. There are key technologies and questions that need to be addressed to provide this reassurance.

Autonomous driving systems are based on a complex integration between the vehicle, the road and the connectivity infrastructure. This five year programme will examine all aspects of this system and the real-world challenges we face to deliver autonomous driving in the UK. 

Our approach

Our role in the project is to work alongside the University of Surrey and Warwick University to identify how the technology developed could be industrialised.

“The UK Government has no intention of being a passenger in innovation so is pioneering autonomous car technology in partnership with industry. This £11 million research and development programme and the winning projects are a perfect example of this and will help to keep us at the forefront of the robotics revolution.” - Business Secretary, Sajid Javid.

The results

Research, education and industry bodies are collaborating to ensure that the UK is at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development and technology.  We are excited to be part of this journey to make safe, driverless cars a reality on our roads.

Our study is just one of five projects in the £11 million “Towards Autonomy – Smart and Connected Control” research programme. Final reporting on the research is due in 2021. 

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