UK government enlists OS to help shape infrastructure for autonomous vehicles

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The UK’s Ordnance Survey (OS) is embarking on a four-year project to help shape a national infrastructure to support connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

E-CAVE will focus on the challenges of creating effective connected environments using OS’s digital data expertise. OS will also be engaged in supporting and collaborating with CAV testing across the four recently announced testbed projects overseen by Meridian.

OS has experience at the centre of major national infrastructure research projects. It was involved in the Atlas initiative, which studied and identified data critical to the efficient operation of autonomous vehicles, and the development of a Digital Twin planning tool for the roll-out of 5G.

“This project will provide the UK government with evidence-based insights to speed up the deployment of connected environments in the UK,” said Nigel Clifford, CEO at OS. “In addition to this, the learning we gain will show the UK to be an exemplar, and the infrastructure design which comes from this activity can be scaled up and used internationally.

“We believe there is an opportunity to attract inward investment. Our primary aim though is to ensure driverless vehicles will be connected, and collaborating to ensure the safety of the public at all times.”

“Low-carbon and self-driving vehicles are the future and the UK is determined to be one of the world-leaders in this technological revolution,” said Greg Clark, the UK government’s secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy.

“Through our Industrial Strategy and the Automotive Sector Deal, the government is paving the way to ensure the UK is best-placed to seize the opportunities presented by the development of our next generation of vehicles.

“With its centuries of experience in mapping and its status as a big data powerhouse, OS’s new project will make a valuable contribution to us achieving our bold ambitions accelerating the development and deployment of driverless technology in the UK.”

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