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26 April 2018

Consortium gets £4.7m to investigate AV technologies

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com

An industry group led by Jaguar Land Rover has been given a multi-million pound grant to increase the road performance and safety of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies.

The AutopleX consortium – which also includes INRIX, Highways England, Siemens, Transport for West Midlands and University of Warwick - is to receive £4.7 million as part of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles’ CAV3 competition.

It is tasked with developing fully- and semi-automated vehicle technologies through simulation and public road testing both on motorways and in urban environments in the West Midlands. 

Analytics company INRIX will provide real-time, historical and predictive data – such as hazards, speeds and restrictions - to Jaguar Land Rover vehicles to enhance safety when performing functions such as merging into traffic.

“The ability for AVs to identify upcoming route and roadway conditions based on real-time data will significantly improve their overall driving performance,” said Avery Ash, autonomous vehicle lead at INRIX.

AutopleX is already leading a project to develop self-driving cars with technology that enables them to ‘see’ at blind junctions and through obstacles.

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