The model is able to simulate traffic flows and driver behaviours along a mix of urban and motorway roads, reflecting what would be expected to be seen in the real world. This model is a key step towards the development of V2X communications simulations, which are due for completion by the end of the year. The model is a product of HORIBA MIRA’s new Simulation and Modelling team, developed with the Vissim microsimulation package from PTV; world leaders in traffic simulation.
The UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (UK CITE) consortium – made up of MIRA and 10 other consortium members – is a major project totalling £7.1m, which includes investment from Innovate UK. The project will enable automotive, infrastructure and service provider companies to trial connected vehicle technology, infrastructure and services in real-life conditions. The connected environment will be on 40 miles of roads within Coventry and Warwickshire, and will seek to understand how the technology can improve journeys, reduce traffic congestion and provide in-vehicle entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.
MIRA is leading the simulation and modelling activities for the project, which will predict how these technologies influence journeys and inform future deployment strategies to optimise socio-economic benefits. Critical to the deployment of these technologies is to ensure that they are safe and secure. In support of this, MIRA will be performing pre-deployment trials at its world-leading connected environment facilities on its Proving Ground, and producing cyber security guidelines.