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Work starts on £7M connected vehicle project

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Coventry and Warwickshire road infrastructure is being updated for an internet-connected vehicle trial.

Siemens will provide roadside units to communicate with transport infrastructure in real-life conditions along a 64km road system in Coventry and Warwickshire. 

A consortium of 10 companies has received £7.1M from the Government’s Intelligent Mobility Fund to undertake the work. 

The project will compare performance between dedicated short range communications and long term evolution technologies. In particular, the project will examine how these technologies can be used to improve journeys, reduce traffic congestion, and provide in-car entertainment.

Siemens’ Stratos hosted traffic management system will be used as a back office for communications between the vehicles. 

The first phase of the project is due to be completed during 2016. It will prepare infrastructure along the M40, M42, A46, A45 and an urban route in Coventry. A vehicle, systems and gantry app is also in development to allow roadside messages to appear in vehicles travelling on the roads. 

After pre-tests on the Horiba Mira City Circuit, trials on public roads are expected to begin in 2017. 



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