Connected and Automated Vehicles at the TSC

The TSC’s Systems Engineering team includes systems engineers and functional-safety experts with experience across aerospace, automotive, marine and rail applications. They have been involved in the design and implementation of complex systems for automation in transport and continue to utilise these skills in many ways across the various programmes in which the TSC is involved. The team’s combined experience allows them to look at technologies that could be deployed in the future and to help create advanced collaborative research and development programmes with partners to demonstrate the potential of the technology
in a real-world environment.

A good example of this has been the delivery of the LUTZ Pathfinder self-driving vehicles programme. The team worked in close collaboration with Coventry-based automotive innovation firm RDM, Oxford University’s Oxford Robotics Institute, and Milton Keynes Council. Three autonomous pods were developed for use on the pavements of Milton Keynes, assessing their reception by the public and their potential as a last-mile public transport system.

When the programme finished at the end of 2016 the team removed Oxford University’s autonomous control system to create an ‘open-platform’ for the three vehicles so they can be used for the development of new technologies and applications in our CAVLab.

There is a growing knowledge base in this team that enables the TSC to support many of the broader implications of implementing increasingly automated technologies. This is proving invaluable to many clients as the rapidly changing requirements of legislation, insurance, communications, and Cyber-Security significantly affect future strategies.

The team is now actively involved in many high-profile automotive, rail and aerospace, system engineering and safety planning programmes focused on automation in transport, examples of which can be found on the CAV projects page.

The development of increasingly connected and autonomous vehicles brings the potential for truly transformative change in the way people and goods are transported. 


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