HORIBA MIRA Simulation and Cybersecurity Expertise Supports Completion of UK CITE Project

  • UK CITE project creates the most advanced environment for testing communications technologies for connected and future autonomous vehicles

  • HORIBA MIRA to continue simulation and cybersecurity support as UK CITE embeds into Midlands Future Mobility


HORIBA MIRA – a world-leader in advanced automotive engineering, research, development and testing – has supported the UK CITE project in developing a testing environment for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) with simulation, modelling and cybersecurity expertise.

The £7.1m project focused on creating a Vehicle to Infrastructure and Vehicle to Vehicle (V2I and V2V) test environment at the heart of the Midlands CAV and automotive sector, on roads in and around Coventry. HORIBA MIRA, which has over a decade of experience in CAV technologies, led the development of virtual UK CITE test bed models and played an active role in ensuring the cybersecurity of the environment.

The simulation work undertaken by HORIBA MIRA enabled testing beyond the physical environment and technology available. This included testing high risk and high cost scenarios; such as on a motorway with emergency brake light applications, with varying ratios of connected and non-connected vehicles, and the resulting impact on traffic conditions.

As well as simulation and modelling, HORIBA MIRA coordinated cyber threat and risk assessments, carrying out testing experiments at its proving ground to produce cybersecurity guidelines for future V2I and V2V deployments. The research on the cybersecurity implications of the technology, combined with methods to identify and manage the associated risks, ensures that future deployments of this CAV technology are sufficiently resilient to the relevant threats.

Chris Reeves, Head of CAV Technologies at HORIBA MIRA, said: “In a connected world it is critical that every vehicle interaction is managed smoothly. CAV must be able to talk to each other regardless of the vehicle manufacturer, highways need to communicate road and traffic conditions ahead and road operators need to make provisions in their traffic management schemes, to assist a seamless transition of traffic flow from the strategic road network to local roads.

“The simulation and cybersecurity work we have delivered, and continue to evolve, will help provide a robust testing environment for safety-critical CAV applications by utilising virtual and physical test and development.”

Following on from the completion of the UK CITE project, the test bed will be integrated into the Midlands Future Mobility project, a project supporting the development and deployment of CAV based mobility solutions. Building on the knowledge developed as part of UK CITE, HORIBA MIRA will continue to provide industry leading expertise to support the development of CAV technologies.