Cubic’s proof of concept connected car system among the demonstrations at CAV Scotland

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The Cubic Corporation’s Transportation Systems (CTS) business division will be demonstrating its proof of concept for a connected in-vehicle information system at the CAV Scotland 2018 event, which takes place in Edinburgh on October 31-November 1.

Taking place alongside Traffex Road Expo Scotland, CAV Scotland is a new event that brings together global experts in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) with live demonstrations that aim to assess the latest developments and discuss the way forward with future trials and research across the world.

The CTS proof of concept being displayed is the Connected In-Vehicle Information System, which delivers in-vehicle signage information, known as Virtual Variable Message Sign (Virtual VMS), using standard cellular communications and equipment installed and available in production cars.

The use of MirrorLink smartphone integration enables an effective channel of communication into the built-in infotainment units on the car dashboard screen. A series of Virtual VMS messages will be presented in real time as the vehicle travels along the course, demonstrated by a live video feed to the car. Visitors will also be able to ride in the two test vehicles and learn how the technology works.

“We are delighted to participate in the connected and autonomous vehicle discussion and demonstrate novel connectivity and messaging technology that could help Scotland benefit from safer, lower cost CAV deployment,” said Matt Cole, president of CTS.

“Our proof of concept will showcase Cubic’s global leadership in information delivery to both travelers and transportation operators through our payment and information systems currently in use around the world.”

Other live demonstrations at CAV Scotland will include:

• One of the UK Autodrive project’s Aurrigo PodZero CAVs that has recently been used in trials of a new first/last-mile transport solution in Milton Keynes. Developed by the autonomous vehicle division of the RDM Group, the electrically-powered Aurrigo pods are designed to carry four people for journeys from transport hubs to and from a wide range of destinations;

• A three-wheeled line marking robot introduced to the UK by leading road marking specialist WJ. Known as ‘Roberta’, the robot lays out pre-marks in advance of permanent markings. A recent pilot project had the robot mark out a 3-mile long (5km) hard shoulder line on both sides of the carriageway, completing the task, without risk to road workers, in five hours (this would normally take an engineer four shifts).

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, who will give the keynote address at the opening event, said, “The deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles in Scotland will bring transformative change to the way we travel and work, as well as having a positive impact on the economy, the environment and safety. Scotland is very much open for business when it comes to trialling these vehicles, with our trunk road network providing a wide range of environments as a diverse testing ground.”

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