The UK government has made £18.5m available to UK companies to strengthen the capabilities of the UK’s connected and automated mobility services for use throughout its supply chains.
Some 13 projects have received funding to improve the safety and security of autonomous vehicles as part of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles’ (CCAV) Connected and Automated Mobility programme.
The grants form one aspect of the CCAV’s Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility: Supply Chain competition, which was established to help advance self-driving technologies, products and services.
A total of £28.5m in joint government and industry funding will be designated to the programme, with the 13 new supply-chain projects intended to position the UK as a leader in connected and automated mobility technologies.
These projects will be delivered in collaboration with CCAV’s delivery partners, Zenzic and Innovate UK.
One of the projects to successfully bid for funding was Systems for Autonomy in Fail Operational Environments (SAFE), which will aim to develop a fully redundant, fail-operational Drive-by-Wire technology platform to enable safe driver-out, on-road autonomous vehicle capability.
SAFE’s project partners include lead Streetdrone, Alcon Components, University of Surrey and Chassis Autonomy.
Other projects to be awarded funding include: a ‘plug-and-play’ roadside connectivity solution to enable self-driving shuttles, robotic and drone-based services; an autonomous dolly for airside cargo movements; and a safety assurance framework for the safe deployment of AI in self-driving technology across all driving domains from Robotics & Automation Awards finalist Wayve, among others.