WSP to design UK connected and autonomous vehicle proving facility

Engineering and professional services consultancy WSP has announced that it is working with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to design and support the delivery of a 100km UK testbed facility for connected and autonomous vehicles in the West Midlands.

The project, part of a wider contract with TfWM, will see WSP oversee the preliminary and detailed design of the TfWM elements of the Midlands Future Mobility CAV Testbed. The consultancy has already carried out a design feasibility study for the testbed project.

“Applying the results from our feasibility study and moving onto the design phase, this testbed will pave the way for a rigorous and safe approach to testing connected and autonomous vehicles, driving innovation and the intelligent roll-out of these technologies in the years to come,” said Shafiq Garda, Project Director for Intelligent Transport Services at WSP.

TfWM will use the facility to trial new modes of transport, services and technologies, after the UK government’s decision last year to name the West Midlands as the UK’s first Future Mobility Zone.

Once complete, the facility will be available for manufacturers of connected and autonomous vehicles and systems to trial Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) services.

“TfWM is moving beyond demonstrating the potential of Future Mobility Services and technologies, to using this technology to meet real-world transport challenges that the West Midlands faces today, in a sustainable way,” said Chris Lane, Head of Transport Innovation at TfWM.

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