12:43 01 December 2020
Horiba MIRA - the Motor Industry Research Association - has teamed up with Vodafone as it works on installing 5G technology to the next generation of vehicles.
The MIRA site, which is located in between Hinckley and Nuneaton in west Leicestershire, has been working with car manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors, in developing driverless and autonomous vehicle designs for years. It is also working on cars, lorries and buses that share information with one another and with points along roads such as traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.
Chris Reeves, head of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies at Horiba MIRA, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Vodafone in bringing 5G to our Nuneaton headquarters, which, working alongside automakers around the world over the last decade, puts us at the forefront of developing and verifying cutting-edge driverless technologies.
“As the self-driving industry transitions from developing standalone autonomous vehicles, to delivering self-driving vehicles that can communicate with each other and the surrounding infrastructure, having access to Vodafone’s 5G technology is a huge boost for the sector as a whole.
“It will enable us to work and collaborate with the industry’s biggest players to ensure their technologies are safe, robust, convenient and efficient to hit our roads in the near future.”
Anne Sheehan, business director at Vodafone UK, said: “Our 5G technology makes self-driving vehicles on our roads not just a possibility, but a reality.
“This mobile private network will play a huge role in supporting Horiba MIRA’s cutting edge work on the development and testing of driverless technologies.”