Groundbreaking driverless car project showcases vision for a connected transport future

phys.org | 10/24/2018 | Staff
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The multi-organisational team behind the £5.5 million FLOURISH connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) project is today [Monday 13 May] celebrating the completion of three years of collaborative research and development with the launch of its latest findings.

These findings focus on data and connectivity and consider how data can be leveraged to optimise the functionality of the road network and provide an enhanced user experience.

Tracey - Poole - FLOURISH - Project - Manager

Tracey Poole, FLOURISH Project Manager and Transport Planning specialist at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, said: "Throughout the last three years, the FLOURISH team has been committed to exploring how innovative new technologies can be used to keep our cities moving and people connected.

"With the user of the future in mind, we have explored the technology required to realise this vision. This thinking has informed our investigations into the safe operation of a network of driverless vehicles in a connected smart city environment—which is crucial if we are to achieve the full benefits of this technology, for all.

Driver - Engagement - Adults - Conditions

"It has also been a key driver of our engagement with older adults and those with mobility-related conditions.

"The benefits of CAVs include enhanced, inclusive and personalised mobility, increased capacity on our road network and improved air quality."

FLOURISH - Car - Trials - Requirements - Secure

The FLOURISH car trials have investigated the requirements for the effective, secure and resilient transfer of data between vehicles and with the cyber-physical infrastructure around them.

FLOURISH partner, the award-winning Communications Systems and Networks (CSN) Research Group at the University of Bristol's Smart Internet Lab, has pioneered the application of Fog-Based Computing to CAVs, providing a mechanism for the real-time transfer of data between vehicles and the network. More immediate than cloud-based solutions, this ground-breaking new technology enables vehicles – and fleets of vehicles – to respond to changing road and traffic conditions and assures the provenance of the data source.

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