The i-Motors project aims to establish a universal set of guidelines for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-anything (V2X) communications using a combination of cloud-based computing, Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS), terrestrial and satellite communications. By adding predictive and contextual intelligence to connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), i-Motors will also pave the way for safer, greener and cleaner road use in the future. i-Motors is jointly funded by government and industry via the government’s £100m Intelligent Mobility fund. This funding is administered by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

The Concept

i-Motors concept diagram

Using an integrated V2X (vehicle-to-anything) communications system, the i-Motors project will facilitate:

 

Vehicle health monitoring

Advanced warning of hazards for drivers

Road condition alerts for drivers and local councils alike

The use of real-time traffic data in route mapping

The location of vehicles to sub-metre accuracy

The use of human-machine interfaces in future CAVs

This data, collected and processed in real-time, will be used for the dynamic mapping of traffic, weather, road conditions and hazards in order to increase safety, limit congestion and provide a wealth of information for drivers, councils and manufacturers alike.

The Process

Kicking off in May 2016, and scheduled for completion at the end of April 2018, the i-Motors project will seek the support of potential end-users and stakeholders of the service, before developing the necessary hardware and software systems and embarking upon the route to market, where Huduma will provide a sustainable business model for the service.

Taking a holistic approach, i-Motors will also address issues of security, privacy and user trust of the technology, using state-of-the-art human factors research provided by the University of Nottingham to ensure user acceptance of the service.

Who’s involved

Led by Control F1, the project is being supported by a number of organisations

 

The project is also in discussions with city councils and regulatory bodies concerning infrastructure and legal requirements for the service.

The Delivery

The i-Motors service will:

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Improve driver awareness of hazards and increase safety

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Improve the provision of safety, security and privacy information into the industry

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Provide dynamic mapping to assist driver experience, facilitate urban planning, and reduce traffic

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