Funding through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) is set to boost connected and autonomous vehicle technology R&D projects in the UK. Around US$48.7m (£38m) is to be awarded to deliver the next generation of AI and control systems.
Three of the chosen projects are to be supported by TRL, whose involvement in the project consortia will see the organization’s experts provide guidance on key safety, insurance and technology verification elements.
Rob Wallis, CEO at TRL, commented, “TRL believes the UK government’s CAV ambitions, in partnership with British businesses, remain critical in ensuring the UK plays its role as a major global innovator within this fast-changing market. TRL is proud to be engaged in an ever-increasing program of innovative CAV initiatives, building on its many decades of experience in this field.”
The consortia in which TRL will be involved include Driven – a project that will see a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles being deployed in urban areas and on highways, culminating in an end-to-end journey from London to Oxford. A key area of focus will be the development of an automated system to radically transform how insurance and autonomous vehicles will work together in connected cities.
TRL will also be involved in Streetwise – a project to develop and demonstrate the technology, safety validation methods, insurance and service models for delivering an autonomous personal mobility solution targeted at replacing the urban commuter car.
April 25, 2017