Info
Info

O2 and the European Space Agency to support trial exploring connectivity solutions for autonomous vehicles

News

O2 and the European Space Agency will be supporting ‘Project Darwin’, an ambitious four year trial programme designed to pave the way for next generation connectivity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Info

The project aims to test new technology and end-to-end connectivity solutions including 5G and satellite communications to ultimately create a new CAV industry vertical.

Based in the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, ‘Project Darwin' will bring together Oxford and Glasgow Universities, Spanish satellite operator Hispasat, start-ups specialised in self-driving mobility solutions and Darwin Innovation Group Oxford - a cutting edge innovation company connecting terrestrial and satellite communications.

From July 2019 the high-level design and definition phase will begin at Harwell to explore key connected vehicle and Vehicle-SIM platforms as well as AI neural network integration. From 2020 the project hopes to be in position to showcase the first ‘proof of concepts'.

O2 research last year found that CAVs are expected to generate unprecedented levels of data - 4TB per hour - highlighting the need for projects such as these to explore next generation connectivity solutions. As part of Project Darwin, an ARTES ‘Partner Study' programme will be conducted with UK government support (first phase €2.2 million) to help define all the different elements needed to deliver the larger programme. The future of mobility is one of the UK government's Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges and the UK Space Agency is working closely with Darwin and Telefonica to support this ambition in the UK.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Our world-beating space and auto industries have a proven track record in driving forward pioneering research, while the UK's satellite services are constantly enhancing services such as the quality of our communications, healthcare and environmental monitoring. This new partnership between Government and industry will build on our world-leading reputation in the development and manufacture of satellites even further, to bring together two of the UK's great strengths - automotive and space. Putting us at the forefront of the next generation of self-driving cars of tomorrow - a key ambition in our modern Industrial Strategy.”

Derek McManus, COO at O2 said: “Project Darwin is an important piece of the connected and autonomous vehicle puzzle. The research taking place at Harwell during the next four years will be vital in the creation of new transport ecosystems for the UK public and the the companies that will offer these services. Our approach to this project is part of our wider strategy to collaborate with British businesses, partners and start-ups to unlock the possibilities of 5G for customers and wider UK economy.”

Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth, UK Space Agency said: “Autonomous vehicles need robust, high-speed mobile data connections to operate effectively. Building the technology to link them to telecoms satellites will allow you to take your car wherever you want to go, and not just to areas with a strong mobile signal. The future of mobility is one of the UK government's Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges, and this project will help ensure this critical technology is developed in Harwell, bringing expertise, jobs and growth to the UK.”

Daniela Petrovic, Darwin Innovation Group co-founder said: “Our team at Harwell (Science and Technology Facilities Campus) is thrilled to gather key innovation partners like Telefonica, UK Space Agency and ESA, together with a number of start-ups from Oxfordshire with whom we have longstanding relationships, to join forces in this exciting innovation. Our aim is that Mobility as a Service (MaaS) developed by project DARWIN will benefit society in multiple ways: by creating new apprenticeships in this newly developing area, informing policies and regulations related to connected and autonomous vehicles, and creating a new industry vertical.”

Earlier this year O2 announced that its 5G network would power autonomous vehicle testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.


The Latest News, Brought To You By
O2 and the European Space Agency to support trial exploring connectivity solutions for autonomous vehicles
Modified on Wednesday 26th June 2019
Find all articles related to:
O2 and the European Space Agency to support trial exploring connectivity solutions for autonomous vehicles
TaaS Technology Magazine
Info
Ola Electric Acquires Amsterdam-based Etergo, To Launch Its Electric Two-wheeler Globally
Tritium Launches World-first Plug And Charge Technology
DiDi Raises $500 Million For Its Autonomous Driving Subsidiary
Northvolt And Hydro Launch Joint Venture To Enable EV Battery Recycling
City Of Greensboro, North Carolina Deploys EV ARC Solar-powered EV Chargers
Continental And Pioneer Form Strategic Partnership Develop A New User Experience In Vehicles
Takumi-crafted Driving Experience
Volkswagen Intensifies E-mobility Activities In China
Tritium Helps City Of Pasadena Unveil The Largest Public DC Fast-Charging Location In The US
Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric Available To Order In UK
Karma Automotive Begins Prototype Testing For Supercar-capable E-Flex Platform
Drive A Fiat 500 Hybrid For Less Than The Cost Of The Daily London Commute
Polestar Partners With Plugsurfing To Increase Charging Convenience In Europe
SolarEdge Appoints Carsten Schmidt To General Manager Of SolarEdge E-Mobility Division
Volkswagen Closes Its Investment In Argo AI
CHAdeMO And Open Charge Alliance Join Forces
LEVC Protects And Prepares For Production Restart
Electric Car Drivers Face Postcode Lottery
Poznań Orders 37 More Electric Buses From Solaris
Groupe PSA And Punch Powertrain Expand Strategic Partnership In Electrification
New European Project Launched To Develop High-energy Solid-state Lithium-ion Battery Cell For The EVs
Swindon Powertrain Opens Orders For The ‘Crate’ EV Powertrain
Tata Power Gets Ready To Enable India’s Shift To Clean Mobility With ‘EZ Charge’
Class #5 Of Volkswagen’s Incubator Programme: Five Start-ups Make A Virtual Start To The Next Round
Info
Info
×
Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Logo
×
Logo
×
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the TaaS Magazine, the TaaS Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.


Please subscribe me to:

 

You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in:
 
X
Info
X
Info
{taasPodcastNotification}