Siemens makes connection with Transport for West Midlands

Major UK C/AV deal takes in hardware and software
Networking & Communication Systems / June 4, 2020
By Adam Hill
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Siemens Mobility is providing CV infrastructure and software to the Midlands project (© Haiyin | Dreamstime.com)

Siemens Mobility has revealed details of its contract to provide infrastructure and software for the UK's Midlands Future Mobility (MFM) project.

The Transport for West Midlands initiative will see 300km of roads in the region given over to testing connected and autonomous vehicles (C/AVs).

As principal contractor for the first phase, which covers 50 sites, Siemens' work will include provision of test on-board units, connection to CCTV video analytics and weather sensors and provision and delivery of a communications network.

It will also commission and test all equipment following installation.

Wilke Reints, the German company's MD of intelligent traffic systems in the UK, says: “It allows us collectively to demonstrate how smart technology enables vehicles to be connected via high-speed, high-capacity wireless infrastructure across a whole road network, with no loss of signal.”

He added: “Building on our previous work with projects including UK Autodrive and UK CITE, projects such as MFM are a great example of how our focus on digitalisation makes mobility infrastructure and networks more intelligent and ultimately delivers an enhanced experience for road users and for people who live in our cities.”