According to HORIBA MIRA, one way to achieve this is for the two sectors to work more closely during the trial and testing stages of CAVs, particularly when it comes to combining emerging capabilities. The government funded project UK CITE is a recent demonstration of OEMs, infrastructure providers and the custodians of road infrastructure working together to create an enabling environment to understand the performance and impact of CAVs.
“Recent years have undoubtedly seen great advances in the self-driving arena, however, many of these are still progressing independently of infrastructure requirements. Where autonomous vehicles are currently based on sensing technology such as LIDAR, radar and cameras, infrastructure providers are focusing on bringing advanced communication and vehicle monitoring systems to the road network – resulting in a disjointed approach when it comes to mainstream CAV deployment.
“The ultimate goal is to combine these capabilities so that in a truly smart city, sensing data in conjunction with powerful communications technology will enable CAVs to connect and learn from other vehicles and the infrastructure to optimise mobility solutions and improve safety.
“One of the ways to achieve this is to utilise simulation techniques, which can be used by automakers, infrastructure providers and the custodians of infrastructure alike during the design, deployment strategy development and the testing and trialling of CAVs. For smart cities, simulation can de-risk any trialling activity in the context of what impact CAVs will have.”