Smart Mobility Centre announced for Warwickshire and West Midlands
A new Smart City Mobility Centre will be established in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. WMG chairman, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, announced that the center will be based at the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus, with driverless capable vehicle testing on the University of Warwick’s campus in Coventry and Warwickshire.
The center combines WMG’s research expertise and Jaguar Land Rover’s research and engineering capabilities.
Jaguar Land Rover engineers and WMG researchers will work together at Wellesbourne to design and engineer connected, driverless capable, prototype electric modular architectures. These will be tested in real-world conditions alongside a specially designed 5G communications network on the University of Warwick’s main campus.
The Smart City Mobility Centre will also draw on expertise in battery technology that will be developed by the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), which will also be located in Coventry and Warwickshire. The center will further benefit from the new £20 million UK Mobility Data Institute being established by WMG in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to collect, process, and analyze transport data generated by the advent of new mobility technologies such as driverless capable vehicles and smart charging of electrified vehicles. In addition, the center will draw on expertise from the WMCA development of a multi-city 5G test bed.
The vehicles developed and prototyped at the Smart City Mobility Centre will likely benefit from the regional developments in the 5G communications network that seek to deliver driverless capable vehicles to improve people’s mobility, reduce traffic congestion and road traffic accidents, and benefit the environment.
Professor Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said, “Jaguar Land Rover welcomes the center, based at the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus, which will create state-of-the-art electric vehicle modular architectures and integrated driverless capability to support the smart cities of the future.”
The University of Warwick’s vice-chancellor, Professor Stuart Croft, said, “This transformative initiative brings together WMG and the University of Warwick’s proven global expertise in research and application of smart, connected, driverless capable and electrified transport; and Jaguar Land Rover’s vision for the future of automotive industry.“ He added, “The technology and vehicles that will help transform global transport will not only be developed at the University of Warwick. The first vehicles to be prototyped as a result of this initiative will be extensively tested on the roads of the main University of Warwick campus.”