RACE has announced plans to extend its facilities for autonomous vehicle tests.
UKAEA has been awarded a £2m grant from Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to extend the RACE facilities. The grant will be used for the development of a ‘pit lane’ complex consisting of four flexible workspace units along with improved control and communications capabilities.
This follows successful hosting of tests involving connected and autonomous vehicles, known as driverless cars, involving a number of high profile clients including Oxbotica and AMEY.
Commenting on the forthcoming development, RACE’s Lead Technologist, Garry Staunton, said: “RACE and Culham Science Centre has quickly become an established test centre supporting the development of driverless vehicles in the UK. Our new units mean that we will be able to offer a wider range of support to new and existing tenants who are looking to test vehicles as well as those who are working on the software, sensors and other systems critical to the emergence of safe and reliable driverless vehicles.”
The expanded and improved facilities are expected to be ready for use during the first quarter of 2018.