The UK government has announced a new connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) project aimed to explore the use of simulated environments for the development of self-driving technology.
Named VeriCAV (Verification of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles), the project will develop an integrated platform to allow Automated Driving Systems (ADS) to be tested in simulation.
The VeriCAV consortium was awarded the funding as part of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Innovate UK competition to invest in industry-led, collaborative research and development projects in the area of CAV simulation. It is the first stage of CCAV’s approach to enhancing the UK’s testing ecosystem through simulation and modeling.
The project is led by Horiba MIRA, VeriCAV consortium partners include SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre, Jaguar Land Rover, Latent Logic, Propelmee, Aimsun Ltd., the University of Leeds, and the Transport Systems Catapult. The project will begin in November 2018.
For the development of autonomous vehicles safety evaluation is laborious and complex, and real-world testing can be impractical and incomplete. In this scenario, simulation can significantly improve test efficiency by evaluating countless driving scenarios, and at the same time replicating the behaviour and actions of obstacles in a realistic and consistent manner.