Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark MP, has today (Thursday, October 19 2017) given the green light for the Trusted Intelligent Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) consortium – known as TIC-IT – as part of the national strategy to establish the UK as a global-leading centre of excellence for the development, testing and commercialisation of CAVs.
The TIC-IT consortium, led by HORIBA MIRA – a world leader in advanced vehicle engineering, research, development and testing – in partnership with Coventry University – a leading institution in the fields of cyber security, engineering and automotive design – will receive grant funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to establish a critical piece of testing infrastructure, which will form part of the world’s most effective CAV testing ecosystem.
TIC-IT is one of four projects announced today that will enhance the UK’s capabilities for the development of CAV technology. Collectively, the projects represent a total of £80 million co-investment by industry and government through Meridian; a partnership between the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), Automotive Council and the Advanced Propulsion Centre – with £51 million coming from government.
The TIC-IT facility will be built on HORIBA MIRA’s Proving Ground and will create a purpose built realistic, safe environment for testing CAVs up to the limit of their operability; a critical activity to ensure consumer confidence in the technologies. The test environment will be unique, enabling a wide range of CAV driving scenarios to be tested.
The emergence of CAV technology is set to generate unprecedented levels of disruption and change not only within the automotive industry but the mobility sector, and with the testing ecosystem in place the UK is set to become a globally-leading centre of excellence for the development and commercialisation of this transformational technology.