T&VS joins self-driving pod programme
Bristol-based Test and Verification Solutions is taking part in a £4.2 million project that will see self-driving pods operating on Filton airfield and in London.
“Our experience in safety and security verification will help deliver technical solutions for autonomous vehicles that provide real-world benefits to users”
The CAPRI (Connected & Autonomous POD on-Road Implementation) project is funded by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). The project will deliver a pilot scheme that could pave the way for the use of connected and autonomous vehicles to move people around airports, hospitals, business parks, shopping and tourist centres.
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T&VS helps test the underlying technology and provides way for designers to make sure it is safe in operation. “Our experience in safety and security verification will help enable the project to deliver technical solutions for CAVs [Connected & Autonomous Vehicles] that provide real-world benefits to users while making sure they operate reliably, safely and securely,” said Mike Bartley, CEO and Founder
The pilot project, includes the design, development and testing of new autonomous and connected Pods on-Demand (PODs), culminating in on-road public trials at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The AECOM-led CAPRI consortium brings together 20 partnering organisations, including T&VS, that have a wide range of skills, knowledge and needs in the CAVs arena. The project will include the development of the next generation of PODs, as well as the systems and technologies that will allow the vehicles to navigate safely and seamlessly in both pedestrian and road environments.