The Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) revolution is gaining momentum, and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Zenzic are excited to announce the exceptional projects that have been awarded a place on the CAM Supply Chain UK competition.
These projects are set to make significant contributions to advancing CAM in the UK and solidify its position as a global leader in this transformative technology.
The CAM Supply Chain UK competition, an integral part of CCAV’s Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) programme, brings together government and industry to support the development of sovereign capabilities within the CAM Supply Chain UK.
By addressing critical technology gaps, enhancing safety and security, improving performance and reliability, and creating scalable opportunities, these selected projects will pave the way for the future of transportation, both domestically and on a global scale.
Let’s take a closer look at the companies that have secured their place on the CAM Supply Chain UK competition:
The project aims to deliver a universal and affordable drive-by-wire system that replaces traditional mechanical linkages with electronic ones. This system enables automation of the throttle, steering, braking, gears, and ancillary systems of a vehicle.
Partners: AIM TECHNOLOGIES LTD (Lead), TRL LIMITED
This project focuses on creating an autonomous dolly for airside cargo movements. Building on previous experience with smaller baggage dollies, the project will develop a unique autonomous airside 7.5t cargo dolly. Additionally, a simulation tool will be developed to quantify the benefits of CAM for air cargo operations, providing operators with insights into optimal CAM vehicle types or required infrastructure modifications.
Partners: Aurrigo (Lead), UPS.
The verification and validation of ADS presents unique challenges. CERTUS provides a toolset that helps to efficiently identify, define and execute the test requirements for an ADS. It addresses three key questions: what to test, how to test, and when to stop testing. The project partners will collaborate to develop and demonstrate effective testing methodologies.
Partners: HORIBA MIRA LIMITED (Lead), COVENTRY UNIVERSITY, CONNECTED PLACES CATAPULT, POLESTAR AUTOMOTIVE UK LIMITED, IPG AUTOMOTIVE UK LIMITED.
DeepSafe aims to support the verification and validation (V&V) of automated driving systems (ADS) through the development and deployment of industry-critical data and a next-generation simulation toolchain. By combining high acuity data recorded with a new high-speed test methodology operating in real world environments, and high-volume simulation mediated by world-leading raytraced simulation, the project will address the “reality gap” on the most critical scenarios to train ADS against high-impact collisions, emergencies, and the whole landscape of edge cases. Adding a novel AI-based software for backtracking failure modes to their source, the project hopes to finally unblock the way to safe and economical AV deployments.
Partners: DRISK.AI LTD (Lead), IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, CLAYTEX SERVICES LIMITED, DG CITIES LIMITED, RFPRO LIMITED.
DriveSafeAI will develop a safety assurance framework for the safe deployment of AI in self-driving technology across all driving domains. Bringing together Wayve’s next-generation end-to-end AI approach to self-driving, with WMG’s expertise on the safety of automated systems, DriveSafeAI will deliver a set of safety methods, tools and datasets that will support the whole self-driving industry.
Partners: WAYVE TECHNOLOGIES LTD (Lead), University of Warwick
DRIVEN BY SOUND:
DRIVEN BY SOUND is a collaborative initiative to create an affordable, robust navigation system for automated vehicles, with a particular emphasis on adverse weather handling. This system features a high-performance computer supporting all levels of automated and autonomous driving. It incorporates cutting-edge 3-D ultrasound sensors for safety and redundancy, ruggedisation for durability, and robust cybersecurity measures.
Partners: CALYO LIMITED (Lead), BARO VEHICLES LTD.
Building upon previous Nissan project experience, evolvAD aims to develop an AV capable of safely driving in residential, urban, and rural environments. Project partners will focus on HD map generation and validation, alignment with multiple complex operational design domains (ODDs) and improving interactions in complex urban environments with vulnerable road users.
Partners: NISSAN TECHNICAL CENTRE EUROPE (Lead), TRL LIMITED, HUMANISING AUTONOMY LTD, CONNECTED PLACES CATAPULT, SBD AUTOMOTIVE LTD.
High-Performance Imaging Radar (HPIR):
This project aims to develop a high-performance imaging radar product specifically designed for AVs. By addressing a gap in the CAM Supply Chain UK, it will enable more robust, cost-effective systems that can operate in a wider range of weather conditions while reducing reliance on lidar.
Partners: APTCORE LIMITED (Lead), GARFIELD MICROELECTRONICS LIMITED, PLEXTEK SERVICES LIMITED, CAMBRIDGE SENSORIIS LTD.
Photonic Inertial Sensors for Automotive (PISA):
This project aims to develop advanced position and navigation sensors that work reliably in various environments. By leveraging Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS), Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), and low-cost laser/detectors, the project will improve the performance, resilience, and safety of autonomous vehicles (AVs) by reducing reliance on vulnerable external signals.
Partners: ZERO POINT MOTION LTD (Lead), WAE TECHNOLOGIES LTD, UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, ROYAL INSTITUTE OF NAVIGATION.
Sim4CAMSens aims to enable accurate representation of ADS sensors in simulation. It will develop a sensor evaluation framework that spans modeling, simulation, and physical testing. This project will involve the creation of new sensor models, improved noise models, new material models, and new test methods to allow ADS and sensor developers to accelerate their development.
Partners: CLAYTEX SERVICES LIMITED (Lead), UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY, SYSELEK (UK) LTD, COMPOUND SEMICONDUCTOR APPLICATIONS CATAPULT LIMITED, RFPRO LIMITED, OXFORD RF SOLUTIONS LTD, TECHWORKSHUB LTD.
StreetCAV will create a ‘plug-and-play’ roadside connectivity solution enabling self-driving shuttles, robotic and drone-based services to operate safely and securely, maintaining connections wherever they go. With world-class experts and UK-based partners, we will deploy StreetCAV and a new self-driving shuttle service into Milton Keynes, as a blueprint for UK-wide deployment.
Partners: SMART CITY CONSULTANCY LIMITED (Lead), DELL CORPORATION LIMITED, MILTON KEYNES BOROUGH COUNCIL, OHMIO UK LTD.
Systems for Autonomy in Fail Operational Environments (SAFE):
The SAFE project will develop a fully redundant, fail-operational Drive-by-Wire technology platform to enable safe driver-out, on-road autonomous vehicle capability. By integrating purpose-built sub-systems, the project will create an automated vehicle capable of achieving SAE Level 4 autonomy. These safety-critical vehicle systems ensure lateral and longitudinal control, even in the event of a single-point fault or failure.
Partners: STREETDRONE (Lead), ALCON COMPONENTS LIMITED, UNIVERSITY OF SURREY, CHASSIS AUTONOMY LIMITED.
Torque Overlay Automated Steering Technology (TOAST):
The TOAST project focuses on the development of a modular dual redundant steer-by-wire system for heavily automated and electric vehicles. This project fills a gap in the UK supply chain, supporting ADS development in the UK and globally, as there is currently no UK-based Tier 1 supplier showing interest in supporting low to medium volume vehicle manufacturers.
Partners: TITAN MOTORSPORT & AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING LTD (Lead), ALEXANDER DENNIS LIMITED, TRL LIMITED.
Building a resilient CAM Supply Chain UK
Each project addresses critical aspects of the connected and automated mobility ecosystem, from advanced sensors to simulation tools and validation methodologies. They represent the collaborative efforts of various market participants, ranging from large Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers to smaller technology developers and micro-businesses.
Zenzic is proud to play a crucial role in supporting and facilitating these supply chain projects. Our vision aligns with the UK government’s vision for CAM, aiming to achieve early commercial deployment of self-driving vehicles by 2025, enhancing the movement of people and goods. To realise this vision, we recognise the need for a vibrant and sustainable CAM supply chain in the UK, securing its position as a world-leading exporter of CAM services.
By bringing together diverse market participants and fostering collaboration, these innovative projects are driving progress and unlocking the immense potential of the CAM industry.
The awarded projects will not only shape the future of transportation but also create valuable opportunities for the UK. The development of sovereign capabilities within the CAM supply chain reinforces the UK’s position as a global leader in connected and automated mobility. As these projects progress, the UK is poised to make significant contributions to the CAM revolution and redefine the way we travel and transport goods.
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