UK Government sets out £100m funding for driverless and low carbon projects

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The UK Government today announced the recipients of more than £100 million of funding to support the development of driverless and low carbon vehicles.

While the majority of the funding is targeted at low carbon vehicle projects, the government also announced the initial winners of the second round of its connected and autonomous vehicles competition, CAV2. 

Through CAV2, 24 driverless vehicle projects will share up to £31 million in funding, matched by industry. 

“Low carbon and driverless cars are the future and as a Government we are determined through the Industrial Strategy to build on our strengths and put the UK at the forefront of this revolution,” said Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark.

“Investment in this technology is an integral part of this Government’s efforts, to ensure the UK auto sector remains competitive and world-leading.”

The government judged that each of the successful projects demonstrated clear commercial value and identified technical solutions for connected and autonomous vehicle technology, including how such vehicles will work within the UK’s transport system.

The successful proposals include a project using cars and pods platooning to transport passengers from Stockport train station to Manchester Airport; the development of vehicles capable of driving in a range of road environments; and technology allowing any car to operate autonomously.

Low carbon and driverless cars are the future
— Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark

The CAV2 competition includes funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, for four one-year research and development projects supporting CAV vehicle developments, specifically aimed at energy reduction and air quality improvements.

“These successful industry-led R&D projects will further spearhead UK development of low emission, and connected and autonomous vehicle technology, building on our world-leading research and innovation capability in this area and the significant strength of UK businesses large and small in this field,” said Innovate UK Chief Executive Ruth McKernan.

The CAV2 competition builds on the funding already allocated to connected and autonomous vehicle projects by the government, including three driverless car trials in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry. The government will launch its third competition for connected and autonomous vehicles, CAV3, later this year.

As it seeks to develop world-class connected and autonomous vehicle testing infrastructure, the government is working on a test bed programme that uses existing testing centres for connected and autonomous technologies in the West Midlands, London and Oxford.

Projects awarded CAV2 funding

  • HumanDrive
  • 5*StarS: Automotive Cyber Security through Assurance
  • Smart ADAS Verification and Validation Methodology
  • Multi-Car Collision Avoidance
  • Self-organising Wide area Autonomous vehicle Real time Marshalling
  • Project Synergy
  • Connected Fully Integrated Driver Ecosystem
  • Anytime, Anywhere Low Cost Localisation
  • Vote3Deep
  • Non-Intrusive Vehicle Monitoring System (NiVMS)
  • Connected Autonomous Sensing Service Delivery Vehicles
  • Using Machine Learning and AI to explore systems for costing and managing Mobility as a Service
  • Cambridge Autonomous Bus System Feasibility Study
  • Advancing UK Autonomous Vehicle Radar Sensing Technology
  • Secure CAN with Q-PUF
  • 5G Millimetre-Wave Connectivity to Cars
  • Quantum-based secure communication for CAVs
  • Project Alloyed
  • Requirement Evaluation of CAV Location Performance and Platform Development
  • City-Compatible Commercial Automated Ride Sharing
  • Real Time NOx calculation in LCV and HGV diesel vehicles using OBD real time engine data
  • Autonomous and Connected vehicles for CleaneR Air