Connected car features revealed

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UK Autodrive has announced the seven connected car features that will be demonstrated during the three-year project.

Following on from UK Autodrive’s first demonstration of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology at HORIBA MIRA’s Proving Ground last week, the project team have now confirmed the full line-up of connected car features being trialled and demonstrated.

In total, the project will showcase seven connected car applications, including the Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and Electronic Emergency Brake Light (EEBL) features that were successfully demonstrated to the media in Nuneaton on Friday.

Other connected car features to be demonstrated during the remaining two years of the project include an Emergency Vehicle Warning (EVW) that will inform drivers when an emergency vehicle is approaching, an Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) which warns when it is unsafe to enter an intersection due to a high probability of collision with other vehicles and a Collaborative Parking feature which provides real-time information about free parking spaces either in the vicinity or close to the driver’s destination (see full list of features below).

UK Autodrive is the first project in the UK to showcase the benefits of having cars that can “talk” to each other across multiple makes of car, with Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) all taking part in the connected car trials.

The three-year project is also trialling autonomous (self-driving) car technology using Jaguar Land Rover and TMETC vehicles, as well as a fleet of 40 pavement-based ‘pod’ vehicles designed and built by Coventry-based firm RDM Group.

Further UK Autodrive trials and demonstrations are scheduled to take place at HORIBA MIRA during the spring of 2017, before moving out onto closed-off areas of Milton Keynes and Coventry later in the year. The project will culminate in a series of open road trials and demonstrations to be held in both cities in 2018.

An animated project film was also produced in time for the first demonstration event and can be viewed by clicking on the play button above.

Full list of connected car features being trialled within the UK Autodrive programme:

Electronic Emergency Brake Light (EEBL) – Alerts the driver when a vehicle in front suddenly brakes, providing advanced warning, especially when the driver is unable to see the lights of the braking vehicle due to weather conditions, road layout or other vehicles in between.

Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) – Sends traffic light information to the connected car which is able to calculate the optimal speed for approaching the lights, potentially minimising the number of red light stops, improving traffic flow and reducing emission levels from idling vehicles.

Emergency Vehicle Warning (EVW) – Sends a signal directly from the emergency vehicle (e.g. ambulance, fire engine, police vehicle) to nearby connected cars. Driver is informed that the emergency vehicle is approaching and advised to make way for it.

Intersection Movement Assist (IMA) – Warns the driver when it is unsafe to enter an intersection, due to a high probability of collision with other vehicles.

Intersection Priority Management (IPM) – Assigns priority when two or more connected vehicles come to an intersection without priority signs or traffic lights.

In-Vehicle Signage (IVS) – Sends information about road conditions, congestion or other incidents directly to the in-car display, rather than having to rely on expensive gantry systems.

Collaborative Parking – Provides real-time information about free parking spaces either in the vicinity or close to the driver’s final destination.