Coventry University has this week taken delivery of two self-driving vehicles as part of research into the way drivers and vehicles interact.
The university’s Institute for Future Transport and Cities (IFTC) has acquired the two electric Nissan e-NV200 vehicles, it has been revealed.
The vehicles have been supplied by technology firm StreetDrone, and they are said to offer a range of “connectivity, sensing and monitoring technologies.”
The vehicles are set to be used to allow university researchers to gather data on motorists, studying things like driver head position, gaze, and even the blink rate of drivers.
Vehicle-to-vehicle testing will also be carried out, with both cars equipped with laser rangefinders, to measure the proximity of surrounding vehicles, and data logging systems.
It is also thought that they will be used to support the university’s wider research activity – such as environmental research, smart city urban sensing, geo-mapping, and even health technology.
How will the self driving cars be used?
Professor Siraj Shaikh , Director of Research and Professor of Systems Security at IFTC said: “The acquisition of these autonomous vehicles will prove invaluable as we continue to support industry with our leading research.
“The ability to test cyber physical systems resilience and driver-vehicle interaction, while assisting other research areas makes the investment integral to our mission of providing transport solutions fit for the cities of the future.”
Mike Potts, CEO of StreetDrone said “We’re immensely proud at StreetDrone to provide the platforms for the Institute for Future Transport and Cities at Coventry University to progress its ground breaking and world class research in secure connected mobility.
“It is a natural extension of our longstanding relationship and the autonomous vehicle work we conduct in partnership on behalf of the UK government.
“The handover of these vehicles marks the delivery of 25 autonomous vehicles for StreetDrone – I’m delighted that Coventry University is the customer for this landmark.”
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