The TSC’s CAVLab is a unique, accessible research platform for the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technology featuring:

Access to a CAV with modular software platform

Access to expert CAV engineers who support integration of technologies

Access to safety and legal frameworks for testing

Access to Real-World test environment to validate CAV Concepts

Introducing the CAVLab

In October 2016, the Transport Systems Catapult concluded the LUTZ Pathfinder project when it tested a fully autonomous vehicle in public for the first time. Using the knowledge, experience and assets gained from the project, we are now able to offer an open research and development platform for UK businesses and research organisations.

The CAVLab enables partners to develop, test and demonstrate their technologies in conjunction with other CAV subsystems in our open-source system. This means developers can focus on the core technology they are interested in, such as new sensors or algorithms, rather than the systems which surround it.

A flexible vehicle platform

The CAVLab is centred around our world-famous LUTZ Pod vehicles which offer a modular platform for the testing of CAV technologies. They are equipped with a varied array of sensors that give researchers a wide range of options to develop their algorithms. These vehicles are capable of eight hours of operation and can travel up to 24km/h.

Features include:

  • A modular Robotic Operating System (ROS) based architecture for sensor interfacing and vehicle control
  • High precision GPS coupled with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
  • Three lidar units covering 270° perception at front of vehicle
  • A stereo trinocular camera for imaging and range finding
  • A ‘Mobileye’ camera developer edition for object recognition
  • Separate ‘core vehicle’ and ‘autonomous control’ touchscreen interfaces
  • Programmable coloured LED wheel lighting for indicating intent to other road users

The TSC has developed a Basic Autonomous Control System.  This system has each of the typical modules that are needed in the development of a fully-autonomous vehicle constructed in a simple fashion.





Safety, Legal Approval and Data

Thanks to our close relationship with Milton Keynes City council and our experience on the LUTZ Pathfinder project we are in a unique position to facilitate the testing of autonomous technologies.

Undertaking your project with the TSC’s CAVLab will allow you to benefit from:

  • An Experimental Traffic Order giving access to public shared space areas for real world testing.
  • Use of a separate test area with no public access.
  • A safety framework developed for the LUTZ Pathfinder program along with trial management procedures
  • Expertise in secure data management and data privacy.

What activities can we support?

There are a variety of potential use cases for the CAVLab and we welcome applications from potential partners looking to develop technology in the following areas:

  • Enhancement of Autonomous Control
  • Assessing Safety Driver Efficiency
  • Sensor Data Analysis
  • Obstacle Detection
  • Localisation
  • Route Planning
  • Simulator/Visualisation Integration
  • Connectivity (V2X)

If you wish to work with the CAVLab contact us here

Meet the Team

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