The Centre for Connected & Autonomous Automotive Research will pioneer and test new developments to support the rapid growth within the global intelligent mobility sector and address future transport needs. The centre is located on an existing site at the heart of MIRA Technology Park. Its core objectives are to:
- Provide an environment to simulate, test and evaluate the security and safety of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAV)
- Undertake research to accelerate the development of new products and services in the CAV segment
- Produce a pipeline of talent to support growth of the CAV segment
An initial team of up to 20 academic staff members and doctoral research students from Coventry University alongside HORIBA MIRA’s engineering and test teams will be working on kick-off activities and projects at the Centre, which will also benefit from a range of information and communications technology and specialist laboratories. With in-house facilities combining the real and virtual worlds for CAV, the Centre will utilise a suite of simulators that interact with ‘living laboratory’ environments.
This latest strategic investment builds on existing collaborative activity between the two partners, including work with other leading industry players to test connected vehicle technology in real-world conditions; a project exploring how connectivity will help drivers reach their destinations more efficiently and conveniently; and wide-ranging doctoral research activity exploring, amongst other things, technologies that make journeys safer, cleaner and smarter, as well as the development of more resilient cyber security systems within modern vehicles.