MOVE_UK consortium completes first phase trials of autonomous driving systems


Bosch-led MOVE_UK consortium has completed the first phase in its three-year research programme, which has been designed to speed up the development of automated driving systems and make them smart and safe enough for UK roads.

The consortium also includes Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), Jaguar Land Rover, Direct Line, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and The Floow.

The first phase of the programme took place at the Royal Borough of Greenwich and witnessed the development of a new validation method that will reduce the time taken to test automated driving systems and bring them to market.

UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Low carbon and self-driving vehicles are the future and the UK is determined to be one of the leaders in this technological revolution.

“Through our Industrial Strategy, the Government is laying the foundations to ensure the UK seizes the opportunities presented by the development of our next generation of vehicles.

“Government investment, through our Intelligent Mobility Fund, in the MOVE_UK programme is helping deliver this pioneering research into the ‘real world’ application of this technology.”

For this project, the consortium used a fleet of Land Rover vehicles equipped with sensors that collect data while moving on the public roads in Greenwich.

The data collected is validated using the new method in order to reduce the total volume of data collected and speed up validation of the automated driving functions in the real world.

"Low carbon and self-driving vehicles are the future and the UK is determined to be one of the leaders in this technological revolution."

This data is then transferred to the central cloud, allowing researchers to analyse it remotely, using newly developed tools. 

The consortium partners will use the data to analyse how automated driving functions respond in the real world and help them to ensure that future autonomous vehicles drive in a natural way.

MOVE_UK is jointly funded by government and industry, and the project has received a £3.4m grant from the UK Government.

For the next two phases, the consortium will add more sensors to the test vehicles in order to collect 360-degree surround sensing data by the end of the project.


Image: The first phase of the programme took place at the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Photo: courtesy of TRL.