The goal of this collaboration is to help develop new key technologies and skills that are needed in the business in such a way that they can be quickly and effectively integrated to achieve the desired impact. The research spans a number of key technical areas ranging from cyber security, vehicle dynamics, and user-centred design, to simulation, light weighting and future vehicle concepts.
As ‘Modern University of the Year’ 2014, 2015 & 2016, Coventry University has an established reputation for delivering research that makes a significant contribution to global economic challenges.
An important part of HORIBA MIRA’s research strategy is undertaking longer term research to develop new technologies and skills, as well as the innovation pathways inside the business that are needed to absorb and exploit the new technologies. Links with universities, in particular sponsored PhDs, are a vital component in this strategy. In collaboration with Coventry University HORIBA MIRA has developed a model whereby university PhD students are integrated into the business’s structure and culture whilst preserving the academic rigour of the PhD and the value of freedom to explore new areas. This approach is designed to achieve the best fit between the PhDs and the company’s research roadmaps and – crucially – grow the innovation pathways in the business from the moment the PhDs start.
HORIBA MIRA is a global leader in advanced vehicle engineering, research and product testing, with a range of highly specialised facilities, and hosts a major transport technology park at its head offices in Warwickshire. Click here to watch Professor Mike Blundell (Associate Dean, Enterprise & Professor of Vehicle Dynamics & Impact) from the Centre for Mobility & Transport discuss his work surrounding these vital research themes.