The future of transport and communications
Coventry and Warwickshire is leading the way in driverless technology and low carbon technologies.
The area is home to a significant number of innovative companies and research institutions working in Intelligent Mobility and the area has an extensive programme of research and demonstration programmes on road and dedicated test facilities.
As part of the UK Autodrive project, autonomous vehicles will be trialed and tested in Coventry and Milton Keynes, using a number of vehicles developed and built in the area. The project will focus on demonstrating the benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles and includes an extensive public attitude research programme.
Dynamic Routing (Intelligent Mobility Demonstrator)
This CWLEP funded collaboration project with major industry partners will develop & demonstrate a new technology to use cloud-based systems to provide pre and in journey motorway and local road traffic information so as to improve journey times by enabling drivers to switch routes and/or modes of transport.
As well as reducing traffic congestion, the project will enable the development and testing of further innovations to improve the efficiency of transport network (e.g. driverless vehicles and journey information systems).
The UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK CITE) project will test connected cars on public roads around Coventry and Warwickshire.
This globally unique and UK-leading project will assess connected and automotive vehicles (CAV) on 41 miles of five different road types and multiple connected junctions in the Midlands to develop and demonstrate the benefits of connected infrastructure in a safe and managed way. The infrastructure will form the basis of on-going real world test facility which will be open to other manufacturers and technology companies to use.
A group of top global technology and automotive companies, a forward-thinking local authority and academic institutions are working together on this two-and-a-half year project which will create or safeguard up to 350 jobs.
Low Carbon Technologies
Coventry and Warwickshire is an established and widely recognised leader in the design, development, deployment and understanding of low carbon vehicles. The work has been a natural progression from the area’s expertise in vehicle engineering. The area is host to a number of prestigious businesses and support organisations operating in the fields of
electric, electric hybrid, fuel cells, hydrogen power systems and light-weight materials. Coventry has a network of publically available third generation electric vehicle points and boasts the UK’s first all-electric bus service. The extensive R&D capability and capacity makes Coventry and Warwickshire the ideal test-bed for low carbon transport technologies.
Coventry and Birmingham Low Emissions Demonstrator project delivered 110 ultra low carbon vehicles across Birmingham and Coventry over a two year period. The scale of the project also provided a number of electric charging stations and a hydrogen fuelling station at Coventry University for those vehicles.
This is combining the roll-out of electric vehicle infrastructure with the development of regional capabilities associated with the electrification of road transport. Jointly managed by Cenex and Central Technology Belt, the project is one of eight ‘Plugged-in Places’ projects supported by OLEV, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles