Self-driving vehicles are a significant step closer to becoming a reality on public roads with the construction of a revolutionary new ecosystem nearing completion in the Midlands.
Set to provide the UK with the most complete environment for the acceleration of future mobility, the new, globally-unique autonomous vehicle development centre – known as ASSURED CAV – has been developed by leaders in automotive engineering, HORIBA MIRA. It has been specifically designed to enable the automotive industry, policy makers and government to develop autonomous vehicle technology, ensuring it is robust to the wide range of eventualities seen on public roads, before being released to consumers.
Far more than a location for vehicle testing, ASSURED CAV is a lighthouse in the CAV industry; a location where organisations can lead in both the development and verification of self-driving technologies, but also where the learning can be applied to influence future legislation, policy and insurance, to ensure the future of autonomous vehicles will improve lives.
ASSURED CAV’s combination of facilities and capabilities are set to open in March 2021 and is a culmination of £100m investment made over recent years – it includes:
- A high-speed facility enabling autonomous vehicles to be tested at the limit of controllability – specifically designed for performing scenario-based testing, the facility will enable the testing of driving scenarios such as traffic merging and lane keep assist to be conducted to international regulatory protocols
- Urban environments where vehicles will experience pedestrians and cyclists, complex junctions and on-street parking
- A purpose-built multi-storey car park which will support the development of automated valet parking – car passengers will exit their vehicle, for it to then find its own parking space, returning to the passenger at a designated waiting area when requested
- An ultrafast 5G mobile private network supported by Vodafone, which will allow vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to be verified, as well as testing infotainment and cybersecurity
- An extensive portfolio of digital replicas where simulated testing can be scaled, reinforcing physical testing. It can also be accessed virtually so technology can be tested from anywhere in the world
- An on-site network of campus roads complemented by a 300km network of adjacent CAV-enabled public roads equipped with a range of intelligent transport systems enabling real-world road trials
- Full complement of advanced robotic targets and supporting junction layouts adhering to relevant protocols for a full suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) testing
ASSURED CAV supports the government’s industrial strategy to establish the UK as a leader in the development and commercialisation of CAVs, which, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), could yield the UK economy £62 billion per year by 20301.The world-class hub will also strengthen the case for investing in the UK automotive industry at a time when the sector faces intense pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit uncertainty.
Declan Allen, Managing Director at HORIBA MIRA said: “We’ve been on a journey to create ASSURED CAV; it represents many years of intense research and investment to bring together one of the most comprehensive CAV validation ecosystems in the world.
“At a time when the automotive industry is facing significant headwinds, we’ve been steadfast in our approach to delivering this investment and we’re extremely proud to provide an ecosystem which will allow the automotive industry, as well as complementary industries, to develop and prove their self-driving technology. This is a unique opportunity for companies to accelerate their activities to lead the industry – it will allow companies to bring forward their activities in this sector in an efficient and optimised manner, enabling them to solve the real-world problems of integrating their automated products into the public roads, whilst also importantly achieving consumer acceptance.”
Chris Reeves, Head of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies at HORIBA MIRA, said: “Supported by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles as part of CAM Testbed UK, ASSURED CAV demonstrates that HORIBA MIRA is again at the forefront of Government and industry’s collaborative approach to ensuring the UK is the best place in the world to develop and deploy CAM.
“Although we’ve seen huge strides made in CAV technologies in recent years, the overriding challenge for the industry is giving consumers confidence that CAVs are safe enough to be on our roads. Our new ASSURED CAV ecosystem does just that and is a significant milestone in helping CAV developers bring their vehicles to market. Not only will ASSURED CAV help to ensure a seamless development process, it will also foster the innovations and cross-industry partnerships needed to speed up the self-driving revolution and realise the huge economic and societal benefits it will bring.”
ASSURED CAV enables leading manufacturers of self-driving technology to design, develop and test them from one globally accessible location – bringing with it benefits in terms of logistics by reducing prototypes and team movements. With mounting Brexit and coronavirus-related challenges, ASSURED CAV negates the need to send teams and products to multiple locations to fulfil engineering and test requirements, reducing time and costs in an industry where the level of required investment is incredibly high. As an added asset, automakers can base themselves at HORIBA MIRA through the MIRA Technology Park and sit alongside over 35 established mobility providers working on the latest technologies.
About ASSURED CAV
The implementation of connected self-driving technology represents a multi-sector challenge, requiring significant investment and development effort to make evolving and future technologies ready for market. ASSURED CAV brings forward this agenda, providing the capability to addresses these challenges in the here and now.
The ecosystem includes a high-speed facility enabling autonomous vehicles to be tested at the limit of controllability, urban environments where vehicles will experience pedestrians and cyclists, complex junctions and on-street parking, a purpose-built multi-storey car park which will support the development of automated valet parking, an ultrafast 5G mobile private network supported by Vodafone, an extensive portfolio of digital replicas where simulated testing can be scaled, an on-site network of campus roads complemented by a 300km network of adjacent CAV-enabled public roads equipped with a range of intelligent transport systems enabling real-world road trials and a full complement of advanced robotic targets and supporting junction layouts adhering to relevant protocols for a full suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) testing.
To learn more about ASSURED CAV, visit www.horiba-mira.com/assured-cav/
About HORIBA MIRA
HORIBA MIRA is a global provider of pioneering engineering consultancy, research, verification and validation services to the automotive, defence, aerospace and rail sectors. We work in close collaboration with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers around the world, providing comprehensive support ranging from individual product tests to turnkey multi-vehicle design, development and build programmes.
With nearly 75 years’ experience in developing some of the world’s most iconic vehicles, our engineers utilise the latest facilities and simulation tools to make vehicles and journeys safer, cleaner and smarter. Our suite of over 40 major facilities, 100km of specialised proving ground and wealth of engineering experience, combined with our expanding international presence, means we are confident that we can achieve our vision – that every journey in the world will be positively influenced by us.
|Company Name||HORIBA MIRA Ltd.|
|Address||Watling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0TU, UK|
|Incorporated||1st January 1946|
|Business domain||Engineering Consultancy, Test Consultancy, Transport Technology Park|
|Representative||Declan Allen – Managing Director|
Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, the HORIBA Group is a global leading supplier of measurement technology and systems for various fields from automotive testing, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology to scientific R&D and QC measurements.
|Company name||HORIBA, Ltd.|
|Address||2, Miyanohigashi-cho, Kisshoin, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Japan|
|Founded||October 17, 1945|
|Incorporated||January 26, 1953|
|Net sales||200,241 million Japanese yen (Consolidated, Fiscal 2019)|
|Paid in capital||12,011 million Japanese yen (As of December 31, 2019)|
|Business domain||Manufacture and sale of analytical measurement equipment|
|Fiscal closing date||December 31, annually|
|Annual meeting of shareholders||Held in March|
|Number of employees||8,288 (Consolidated, as of December 31, 2019)|
|Representative||Atsushi Horiba – Chairman and Group CEO|
|Stock listings||Tokyo Stock Exchange, First Section Securities Code: 6856|
About HORIBA Automotive Test Systems
A business segment of the HORIBA Group, Automotive Test Systems (ATS) which has developed global leadership in the fields of engine test systems, driveline test systems, brake test systems, wind tunnel balances and emissions test systems. HORIBA ATS is able to offer its customers complete solutions with full turnkey capability for all industries using electric motors, internal combustion engines and turbines. These include the automotive, heavy-duty, off-road, consumer goods, marine, aerospace and locomotive sectors.