WSP has been commissioned by Highways England to drive forward its connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) programme over the next four years in a contract worth £1.5M.
The programme is part of a bid by the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England’s to strengthen the UK’s position in the intelligent mobility market, thought to be worth around £9bn annually. The scheme will form part of the government’s connected and autonomous vehicle strategy.
WSP, together with its partners, will produce an “ecosystem” for connected and autonomous vehicles across the UK. Working with bodies such as Transport for London and Kent County Council, it will carry out a range of services including project management, design of CAV technology solutions and vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communications. It will also provide system architecture design, data and cyber security solutions, trials evaluation, business case development, road safety case development, and data analysis and modelling.
WSP’s partners include KPMG, Actica, Horiba-MIRA, University of Bristol, White Willow Consulting, Thales, Harrod-Booth Consulting Ltd, University West of England, Cadzow Communications Consulting Ltd and Horsebridge Network Systems Ltd.
WSP project director – intelligent transport services Shafiq Garda said: “We’re delighted that we have been appointed by Highways England and their CAV partners to be their Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Pilots Implementation Partner (CAV-PIP).
“This presents an excellent opportunity for WSP to play a major role in delivering this high-profile vision for the UK and be at the forefront of delivering leading edge transport technology, we look forward to exciting times ahead.”
WSP has previously worked on a range of autonomous vehicle studies including the A2/M2 London to Dover Connected Vehicle Corridor project producing the outline system and infrastructure design to develop trial lifecycle costs.
In April, the government announced the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) robotics and technology centre at Culham Science Centre was to become the host for a number of major investments for driverless cars innovation.
One of the main projects at the site will be the ‘Driven’ consortium which is being led by driverless car developers Oxbotica and Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (Race). It is hoped the outcome of this will be to have a fleet of autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads within the next two and half years.