Millbrook to Launch Leading Self-Driving Vehicle Test Facilities at Cenex-Connected Automated Mobility

Millbrook to Launch Leading Self-Driving Vehicle Test Facilities at Cenex-Connected Automated Mobility
  • Cenex-LCV returns to Millbrook on 4-5 September 2019, together with the new Cenex-Connected Automated Mobility event
  • Millbrook will officially open its Autonomous Village, and will launch the Millbrook-Culham Urban Testbed for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs)
  • As well as hosting, Millbrook will be exhibiting on stand C3-605 and as part of the Zenzic stand in the CAM area; its experts will be available for interviews

Millbrook will be hosting Cenex-LCV and Cenex-Connected Automated Mobility events on the 4-5 September 2019. Last year’s showcase of low carbon and connected vehicle technology attracted a record 4,300 attendees and over 250 exhibitors, setting the stage for this year’s events to be the biggest and best yet.

During the first day, Millbrook will be officially opening its Autonomous Village, a new centre for testing connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). The Autonomous Village comprises six purpose-built workshops built to support mechanical, integration and software development for self-driving vehicles, from passenger cars to buses.

With 70km of secure test tracks, a private, 5G-enabled mobile network and supporting physical and virtual infrastructure, Millbrook Proving Ground is the perfect location for collecting data for automated driving and safely challenging the systems. Customers run a range of test routes around the site, with varying levels of complexity (including through moving test environments created using synchronised ADAS targets), and can analyse the data either at the end of the route or in real time.

The official opening of the Autonomous Village will signal that the Millbrook-Culham Urban Test Bed, first announced at the end of 2017, is open for business. The test bed is co-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) through Zenzic, as part of the “Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Test Beds” competition.

Minister of State for the Future of Transport, George Freeman, said: "The UK’s long term potential for self-driving vehicles is huge, and could help improve road safety, tackle loneliness and create economic opportunity. The UK’s first autonomous village will be the perfect location for dedicated development and safely testing of self-driving technology. I commend Millbrook for leading the way in helping take autonomous vehicles from testing centres to the road.”

Daniel Ruiz, Zenzic CEO commented “The Autonomous Village delivers world-class facilities for testing self-driving vehicles and is an instrumental part of Testbed UK, which is coordinated by Zenzic. The unique set of environments and facilities that comprise Testbed UK are the only places worldwide where ideas can be taken from concept to development all within a 3-hour drive.”

Alex Burns, President of Millbrook, said “We are committed to providing flexible, efficient work spaces for our customers, equipped to meet all their test and development needs. The official opening of our Autonomous Village is an exciting step forward in connected and self-driving vehicle development in the UK,”

Going far beyond a test facility for vehicle manufacturers, the test bed gives open access to all users – from global OEMs and SMEs to start-ups at all stages of autonomy and readiness. It provides a fusion of real-world and simulated environments and real-time connectivity to challenge software, sensor, cyber security system and telecommunications developers.

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