Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) testing can be done at RACE in Oxfordshire. RACE is located on a private UK Government owned, secure, fenced site with 10km of roads. It is the ideal location for safe 24-7, all weather testing of autonomous systems of all types. The site includes a dedicated 4G connection for autonomous vehicles operating onsite. RACE provides electric vehicle charging, modular office space, vehicle storage and drive-in autonomous vehicle pit lanes.
RACE is teaming up with vehicle testing specialists Millbrook Group to form the Millbrook-Culham Test and Evaluation Environment. This is creating a series of tracks to mimic a range of real-life driving environments where automated vehicles can be put through their paces before going on to public roads. The Millbrook Culham Test and Evaluation Environment collaboration is one of the first four Meridian projects. Meridian is a Government-backed partnership which is described as “the gateway to self-driving vehicle development in the UK”.
Read more: Meridian partners line up at RACE to demonstrate the transport of the future