UK Connected Intelligence Transport Environment (UK CITE), a project to create the most advanced environment for testing connected and autonomous vehicles, demonstrated its latest innovations earlier today (Thursday, April 12) at Jaguar Land Rover’s Gaydon site.
The UK CITE project will create the UK’s first fully connected infrastructure, using a globally unique combination of wireless technologies, which can enable real-world testing in a safe and managed way. The project is funded by the Government’s £100m Connected and Autonomous Vehicle fund, delivered by Innovate UK. The project is worth a total of £7.1m including investment from the Government and Highways England.
The event displayed the technological advances made by the consortium to key partners, covering stakeholders from the automotive industry, technology and infrastructure providers and operators, and academia.
The talking car technologies demonstrated were the consortium’s Emergency Vehicle Warning (EVW), Emergency Electronic Brake Light (EEBL), Road Works Warning (RWW) and Traffic Condition Warning (TCW). These connected technologies allow cars to communicate with each other and the road infrastructure, providing intelligent insight on road conditions.
All of the technologies demonstrated at Gaydon provide advanced warning to the driver. This intelligent insight in to road conditions is a key benefit to Connected Vehicles, whether manned or autonomous. For instance, advanced warning that a car in front of you has applied its brakes, with no line of sight, offers obvious advantages to the user who can anticipate the need to alter their driving and avoid any potential accident.