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:


Improve driver awareness of hazards and increase safety


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


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

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