Coventry has been very successful in developing and securing new funding for innovative transport solutions, which use emerging technology to improve transport information with the intention of influencing road user behaviour to reduce congestion, air pollution and accidents while improving mobility choices for citizens. We continue to work on a number of transport innovation projects, which are being delivered in conjunction with local industry partners, universities, local authorities, and small and medium sized enterprises supporting economic growth in this area.
Ongoing works include looking at the merging of transport, digital communications and sensing technologies to provide improved mobility for people and freight. The funding for the 2018/19 Intelligent Mobility programme is supported by funds secured from Europe and national UK funding competitions. Coventry will work with other partners, including the West Midlands Combined Authority to identify and secure further funding for new projects.
The objective is to continue to bring together Intelligent Transport Systems and various sources of travel information, to provide the most efficient highway operation and improve the ease of use of accurate travel information for the public. These projects have significant future benefits for improving the impact of transport on air quality and the ability of people to travel more freely.
Objectives and Aims:
Upgrades to on-street furniture and road side traffic signalling equipment, realising benefits for future projects and daily operational Urban Traffic Management activities.
A cleaner city with reduced emissions.
An inclusive city with technology benefiting all user groups from every socio-economic background.
Moving beyond Coventry’s reputation as a world class automotive and manufacturing centre and into Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing (STEM) transport solutions.
Supporting Coventry’s successful bid as the ‘City of Culture’ 2021.
Cross border collaboration and synchronisation with other local authority activities in the region.
Find out more about the current projects happening in Coventry below:
UK Autodrive is the largest government-backed trial of self-driving vehicles, receiving funding from Innovate UK from November 2015 until November 2018, under the Government’s ‘Introducing Driverless Cars’ competition. Several trials have occurred at the HORIBA MIRA test track in Nuneaton and on street in Coventry and Milton Keynes. On street live demonstrations will conclude in autumn 2018.
UK CITE - UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment
With funding from the Government’s £100m Intelligent Mobility Fund, the consortium, in partnership with Highways England will create the first fully connected road infrastructure, using a globally unique combination of wireless technologies, to enable semi-autonomous and eventually autonomous driving in a safe and managed way. It will accelerate research and development in connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. The project will establish how ‘talking car technologies’ can improve journeys, reduce traffic congestion, and provide entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.
It will empower automotive, infrastructure and service companies to trial connected vehicle technology, infrastructure and services in real-life conditions on 40 miles of roads within Coventry and Warwickshire. The project will establish how technology can improve journeys, reduce traffic jams, improve road safety and provide in-vehicle entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.
The globally unique, ‘UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment’ - UK CITE project, administered by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, ‘Innovate UK’, which started in June 2016, will see trials on public roads in 2018.
AppyParking is a Department for Transport project, to provide an extension to an already successful trial of the installation and operation of real-time parking sensors across all Coventry’s Pay and Display bays, Electric Vehicle Charging bays, and Disabled bays. AppyParking is a free app and a website, allowing you to see when, where and what time to park. AppyParking's real-time availability can show you live availability of parking spaces. It doesn't just help you find a parking space; it will even show you the cheapest and nearest spot! AppyParking has collated using on and off-street parking information, across London, and 11 of the UK's biggest cities, including Coventry. The project started in 2017 and expected to end in 2018.
SUITS - Supporting Urban Integrated Transport Systems
SUITS is a European funded project to evaluate interventions that will improve Coventry’s resilience and ability to deliver on reducing congestion, pollution and the development of inclusive transport measures impacting the quality of life for urban dwellers and commuters. Key outputs will be a validated capacity building program for transport departments, and resource light learning assets, decision support tools to assist in procurement, innovative financing, and engagement of new business partners and handling of open, real time and legacy data. Working with 9 local authorities across Europe, the consortium is to work on this for four years from December 2016.