Shaping future mobility in the Midlands
21 June 2018
WMG is leading a £25m programme of investment to turn 50 miles of roads in Coventry and Birmingham into a world-class UK testbed for the development and evaluation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV), and related technologies and services.
The Midlands Future Mobility programme will be at the heart of the UK’s transport network, making a significant contribution to the national transport strategy. It will play a crucial role in shaping the transport sector, and will firmly establish the UK as a leader in CAV technologies.
The specially-selected networked roads cover a range of representative areas, including urban, suburban and rural, and will be the largest, most diverse testing environment in the UK. The testbed will involve 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.
The consortium is led by WMG, in partnership with 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.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, comments: “The work of Midlands Future Mobility will help create a world where we can enjoy seamless, safe automated journeys. It will be a major step change in how we experience transport.”
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