Autonomous Vehicle

Project CERTUS to boost self-driving vehicle innovation

The aim of the Project Certus is to speed up the development of safe and reliable self-driving vehicles.Coventry University will be using its expertise in simulation technology as part a project.

Testing automated features on cars for all possible scenarios is a costly process. They must undergo billions of miles of testing before experts deem them safe for use. The £2.7 million project has an ambitious aim of reducing the time it takes to validate and verify automated driving systems by 40%. Simulation will not completely replace physical testing but will play a key part in the overall testing programme.

Coventry University will also work with government and industry to promote the results of the project and develop new educational and skills offerings.

Kevin Vincent, Director of Coventry University’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research, said: “Coventry University already has a great reputation for innovation in the field of automated driving technology. We are a founder member of the CAM test bed UK. Being involved in Project CERTUS further raises the profile of Coventry University in this area.”  

Associate Professor Olivier Haas, team lead for Intelligent Transportation Systems and 5G and the lead for Project Certus at Coventry University, said: “This project is all about reducing the development costs of self-driving technology for manufacturers. It will make the industry more democratic.The aim is to develop a new commercial product to help manufacturers test their designs in a cost-effective manner. This will be achieved while building confidence in this technology.

“We’re thrilled to be working with HORIBA MIRA, IPG, Polestar, and Connected Places Catapult in this project. We anticipate that this technology will further the development of safe, efficient, and accessible automated mobility.”

In addition to its involvement in Project CERTUS, Coventry University is playing a key part in an extensive new trial of self-driving technology. It is a key part in an extensive new trial of self-driving technology on Coventry, roads.

The university is a collaborating organisation in the £15.2million Multi-Area Connected Automated Mobility (MACAM) Project. It will begin a trial of self-driving technology within Coventry city centre and at the NEC next year.  

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