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Move_UK project to create human-like autonomous driving systems

Another consortia has released details of a project to be funded by £20m (US$28.6m) made available by the UK government to develop the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

The Move_UK project will help future autonomous vehicles drive naturally, like human drivers, rather than robots, thereby increasing rider confidence in the systems. Driverless systems will be tested in the real world, providing large amounts of data that will be used to develop and improve the technology, while also demonstrating that the information collected can provide smart cities with new ways to improve services for residents and look after the environment.

It will also help the UK automotive industry understand how data from cars can be processed to benefit drivers, providing a real insight into how driverless technologies will change automotive businesses in the future.

Led by Bosch, the three-year £5.5m (US$8m) Move_UK project includes Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), Direct Line Insurance, the London Borough of Greenwich, and telematics supplier The Floow. 

A fleet of JLR vehicles will be driven daily by employees of the London Borough of Greenwich to establish how a range of different drivers react to real-world driving situations, including heavy traffic, busy junctions, road works and bad weather.

Data from sensors in the fleet will reveal the natural driving behaviors and decision-making that drivers make while driving, including complex and stressful scenarios. These include giving way at roundabouts and intersections, how drivers ease forward at junctions to enter a flow of traffic, or how they react to an emergency vehicle coming up behind their car while in a traffic jam.

TRL will house and process the data captured, providing essential insight for future tests and informing any regulatory changes that will need to be made. Insurance experts will provide their expertise on the liability of certain scenarios using the real-world driving data supplied by the fleet, which will help develop insurance policies for future autonomous cars.

“To successfully introduce autonomous cars, we actually need to focus more on the driver than ever before,” explained Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology at JLR. “Understanding how drivers react to a range of very dynamic and random situations in the real world is essential, if we want drivers to embrace autonomous cars in the future. Customers are much more likely to accept highly-automated and fully autonomous vehicles if the car reacts in the same way as the driver, and will not simply perform a robotic function. Ultimately, we want to be able to give drivers the choice of an engaged or autonomous drive. If drivers have confidence in the automation, they will seamlessly flick from one mode to the other.”

Rob Wallis, CEO of TRL, said, “By creating a unique evidence base for automated driving systems, we will not only help to develop and speed up validation of these systems in the UK, but also guide future thinking around the development of virtual and physical testing approaches for years to come.”

For a video featuring some of the main contributors to the project talking about its aims just click here

Learn about the latest autonomous-vehicle research from the industry’s leading experts at the Autonomous Vehicle Test & Development Symposium 2016. Book your delegate pass here

February 5, 2016

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