Midlands to establish £25m UK centre for connected vehicles

Midlands Future Mobility, a consortium led by WMG at University of Warwick, is to use over 50 miles of Coventry and Birmingham roads to establish the Midlands as a world-class UK centre for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV).

Midlands Future Mobility is to establish the Midlands as a world-class UK centre for connected and autonomous vehicles – image courtesy of WMG.

Midlands Future Mobility will be at the heart of the UK’s transport network, making a significant contribution to the UK’s national transport strategy, and will play a crucial role in shaping the transport sector.

Reportedly, it will firmly establish the UK’s presence in the connected and autonomous vehicle market, and contribute to the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

The specially selected networked roads cover a range of representative areas and will be the largest, most diverse testing environment in the UK, with the deployment of new roadside infrastructure including smart vehicle monitoring, data analytics and 5G ready wireless infrastructure.

By using real-world environments, Midlands Future Mobility will enable a variety of industries to test new vehicle technologies and services, with the aim of improving integration.

Midlands Future Mobility is a consortium of industry and academic experts that, through ambitious technology and business innovation, will work together to transform the way we experience transport.

The consortium is being led by WMG, University of Warwick, and includes Amey, AVL, Costain, Coventry University, HORIBA MIRA Ltd, Wireless Infrastructure Group, and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The £25m funding has come from industrial partners and Innovate UK as part of the wider Meridian Mobility initiative.

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