The Trusted Intelligent Connected Autonomous Vehicle consortium (TIC-IT), led by HORIBA MIRA in partnership with Coventry University is part of the national strategy to establish the UK as a global-leading centre of excellence for the development, testing and commercialisation of CAVs. It is one of four projects announced in October 2017 that will enhance the UK’s capabilities for the development of CAV technology. The project has now expanded to include PARK-IT including controlled parking testing facilities.
Collectively, the projects represent a total of £80 million co-investment by industry and Government through Meridian – a partnership between the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), Automotive Council UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre, with £51 million coming from Government investment.
The TIC-IT facility is being built on HORIBA MIRA’s Proving Ground and will create a purpose-built, safe environment for testing CAVs up to the limit of their controllability, a critical activity to ensure consumer confidence in the technologies. The test environment will be unique, enabling a wide range of CAV and traditional driving scenarios to be tested.
The emergence of CAV technology is set to generate unprecedented levels of disruption and change not only within the automotive industry but the mobility sector, and with the testing ecosystem in place the UK is set to become a global centre of excellence for the development and commercialisation of this transformational technology.
Developed in partnership with Coventry University, the new facility will bring a unique testing capability to the UK to increase the level of activity required to develop CAVs to ensure they are safe and secure for real-world environments.