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Midlands to establish a UK centre for connected vehicles

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Over 50 miles of Coventry and Birmingham roads in the UK could soon become the testing environment for connected and autonomous vehicle technology thanks to Midlands Future Mobility, a consortium led by WMG at the University of Warwick which aims to establish the Midlands as a world-class UK centre for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV).
Midlands Future Mobility has been established with £25m of government and industry funding.
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Established with £25m of funding from the government and an assortment of industrial partners, Midlands Future Mobility aims to be at the heart of the UK’s transport network, ‘making a significant contribution to the UK’s national transport strategy, and will play a crucial role in shaping the transport sector. It will firmly establish the UK’s presence in the connected and autonomous vehicle market’. 

The specially selected networked roads cover a range of representative areas and will be the largest, most diverse testing environment in the UK, with the deployment of a 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.
Midlands Future Mobility will test new roadside infrastructure as well as connected and autonomous vehicles.
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The consortium is being led by WMG, University of Warwick, and includes Amey, AVL, 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 Midlands Future Mobility consortium hopes to set the future for the entire UK road transport system.
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WMG’s Professor Paul Jennings, project lead, commented:

“New mobility technology and services will lead to safer, greener and more efficient transportation for both people and goods. At WMG, we are delighted to be leading the Midlands Future Mobility consortium, working with a broad and highly skilled group of partners, and helping to accelerate this journey to a better future. The Midlands has a proud heritage in the UK car industry. Now our expertise, new infrastructure and innovative technologies will set the future for the entire UK road transport system, creating knowledge, developing key skill sets and contributing to the national economy.”

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