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Winners of £51 million UK self-driving car testing infrastructure competition unveiled

Staff Writer |
Government of the UK announced winners of funding to upgrade testing infrastructure for connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology.

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The 4 projects will test the speed, safety and potential opportunities for delivering CAV innovation.

Four consortia have been selected in this first round, led by HORIBA MIRA, Millbrook Proving Ground, TRL and the Warwick Manufacturing Group

Four projects across 5 locations in the West Midlands have today (19 October) been awarded a total of £51 million in funding for creating the environments needed to fully test CAV technology.

HORIBA MIRA in Nuneaton will build a new site alongside its existing vehicle test tracks where automated vehicles can be tested at the limits of their speed and handling to ensure they are safe

Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire and Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) based in the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire will set up a range of different test areas mimicking increasingly realistic city driving environments, where automated vehicles can be tested before being taken onto public roads

Two projects will adapt real world locations for testing of automated vehicles in live traffic:

- TRL will lead a project to set up live test environments in Greenwich and Stratford’s Olympic Park in London

- Warwick Manufacturing Group will set up real world test environments in Coventry and Birmingham.

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