Millbrook Proving Ground have forged a unique partnership with the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE) at Culham Science Centre.
The investment will enable faster development of CAV technologies by bridging the gap between track testing and deployment on public roads.
Millbrook and the UKAEA’s RACE operate a test bed for the development of CAV technologies across two sites, offering the full spectrum of controlled to semi-controlled urban environments and 90 km of roads. Investment in 5G, data storage, vehicles and simulation, together with unique access to a 2,000 adult population in a secure site, will enable testing to capture human aspects of real-world operation for CAVs, including Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).
It will offer users, including the developers of software, sensors, roadside units, cyber security systems and telecoms, access to flexible plug-and-play communications, including 5G emulation, co-located virtual and physical validations capability, open-source reference vehicles, and a comprehensive physical environment for test and validation.
RACE has use of 10 km of roads on the secure United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority site at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire. The population on site will enable testing to capture human aspects of real-world operation for CAVs, extending to Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), in a semi-controlled and safe way.
Millbrook has 70 km of test tracks at its proving ground in the UK, offering a diverse topography to replicate urban contexts. The site is already being used for testing a spectrum of CAV technologies, as well as for proving safety, comfort, durability and reliability, from full vehicle to component level.
The two sites will offer all-weather, multi-user access and seamless transfers between environments, cost-effectively addressing all functional requirements, both current and future, of any real-world urban scenario.