Coventry University demonstrates self-driving research vehicle

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The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research at Coventry University in the UK showcased a self-driving research vehicle at the Motofest Coventry 2023 show, held on June 2-3.

An all-electric Nissan E-NV200 carried out live demonstrations of its autonomous capabilities by driving around downtown Coventry on Saturday, June 3, aided by a 360° scanning lidar that enables the vehicle to construct a digital picture of its surrounding environment, complete with pedestrians, buildings and other road users.

In addition to the lidar, the E-NV200 is equipped with additional cameras, ultrasound sensors, front-mounted radar and a 5G development kit.

The vehicle’s automated system is located at the rear of the car and provides the E-NV200 with all of the required information and instructions to ensure it can drive in a smooth and efficient manner without the need for human interaction.

“The vehicle’s purpose is to investigate a range of scenarios around self-driving, connectivity, cybersecurity and automated testing to create a resilient self-driving solution for our vehicles of the future,” explained Kevin Vincent, director of Coventry University’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research.

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