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Connected and autonomous vehicles

Connected and autonomous vehicles use information technology to improve the safety and experience of driving. In place of human control, sensors and software are used for threat detection, navigation, and steering.

Our work with partners in manufacturing, technology and education will help the region to play a leading role in this emerging sector and support the modernisation of road transport. Connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) projects are funded by a range of sources, including Innovate UK and the Department for Transport-sponsored Future Transport Zone programme.


  • Make roads safer by reducing incidents caused by human error
  • Improve accessibility for people with disabilities
  • Develop the regional economy by helping the automotive sector to evolve

Recent activity

  • Real-time traffic alerts and driver instructions tested using a Virtual Variable Message Sign (WWMS) system during a one-month pilot on the M6 toll (May 2023)
  • In vehicle messaging signs (VMS) tested during one-month pilot on the M6 toll (May 2023)
  • Autonomous shuttle begins two months of passenger trials in Solihull (September 2021). The route runs along Pendigo Way between Resorts World and the NEC
  • Midlands Future Mobility CAV testbed opened (September 2021). The real-world testing facility is the largest in the UK
  • CAV testbed infrastructure installed (Summer 2021). We set up roadside sensors, cameras and wireless networks along the 200-mile route


  • Midlands Future Mobility, the West Midlands CAV consortium
  • Horiba Mira, the company operating the CAV Testbed
  • Warwick Manufacturing Group, academic partner
  • Coventry University, academic partner
  • Costain, construction partner
  • Amey, construction and planning partner
  • Wireless Infrastructure Group, communications partner
  • Vodafone, communications partner
  • Highways England, national sponsor

Further information