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What is UK CITE?

UK CITE is a project to create the most advanced environment for testing connected and autonomous vehicles. It involves equipping over 40 miles of urban roads, dual-carriageways and motorways with combinations of three ‘talking car technologies’, and track testing for a fourth, known as LTE-V. The project will establish how these technologies can improve journeys, reduce traffic congestion, and provide entertainment and safety services through better connectivity.


What does UK CITE stand for?

UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment.


Who are the UK CITE partners?

The consortium brings together Visteon Engineering Services Limited, Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Highways England Company Ltd., HORIBA MIRA, Siemens, Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd., Vodafone Group Services Ltd., West Midlands Combined Authority (Transport for West Midlands) and WMG, University of Warwick.

*Note “WMCA” is the official name listed on the IUK funding


What are the key timings for UK CITE?

The project will take 30 months. In began in June 2016 and will be completed in November 2018.


How is UK CITE funded?

The project is funded by the Government’s £100m Connected and Autonomous Vehicle fund, which is delivered by Innovate UK (the UK’s innovation agency), and by Highways England.


What is the project worth?

It’s worth a total of £7.1m (including the investment from Government and Highways England).


Will there be trials on public roads?

Yes, trials will take place on public roads


Where will trials take place?

Across a total of 40 miles of roads on the M40, M42, A45 and A46 within Coventry and Warwickshire.


When will the pre-deployment trials take place?

A one off demonstration event is to be conducted at JLR Gaydon Proving Ground in April 2018.


Is the project the same as the UK Autodrive project?

No. Both UK CITE and UK Autodrive are Government-backed initiatives to support the introduction of Connected and Autonomous vehicles (CAV) into the UK, however they have different areas of focus.

UK Autodrive is using infrastructure to test autonomous and semi-autonomous technology on public roads in Coventry and Milton Keynes. As well as developing self-driving technology, UK Autodrive is exploring the use of connectivity in-car, car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure. The project is striving to understand the impact CAV technology will have on legal and insurance protocols as well as public acceptance and perception.

By contrast, UK CITE is creating communication and connectivity environments to enable testing of connected vehicles and applications.


So UK CITE will not be trialling driverless vehicles on Coventry and Warwickshire roads? 

No. UK CITE will not trial driverless vehicles, but will test communication technologies on public roads.


What is Visteon Engineering Services Limited responsible for?

Visteon Engineering Services is the lead partner for the UK CITE project. Visteon is responsible for the overall project management, technical architecture, and the development of multipath On Board Units for Jaguar Land Rover Test vehicles.


What is Jaguar Land Rover responsible for?

Jaguar and Land Rover will use a fleet of research vehicles to test a range connected technologies on the track and the road. These will form part of a fleet of 100 connected vehicles. On road testing will commence in early 2018.


What is Coventry City Council responsible for?

Coventry City Council (CCC) is working closely with project partners on Work Package 3 (Infrastructure), Work Package 6 (Trials and Testing) and Work Package 10 (Business Case) to implement and test the infrastructure of the circular test route:-

CCC will work closely with Highways England to support Siemens in the development of the back office system (Stratos) as part of Work Package 2 to process and log V2X (Vehicle to Infrastructure) messages to support agreed Use Cases.

CCC will install equipment such as Road Side Units (RSU), supplied by Siemens who aim to demonstrate that the RSU can communicate with the Visteon on-board unit (OBU) using CCC’s secure network.


What is Coventry University responsible for?

Coventry University’s efforts will focus on human factors and traffic modelling. The Centre for Mobility and Transport will work with project partners HORIBA MIRA to develop simulation models to investigate the impact of the wider take-up of this technology over time on drivers, the infrastructure capacity of such technology, safety implications and cyber-security issues.


What is Highways England responsible for?

Highways England will provide the facilities to enable the installation of roadside infrastructure and access to its power and communications systems on the HE roads section of the trial route that will be required for the outcomes of the testing of CAV communications technologies to be achieved.


What is HORIBA MIRA responsible for?

HORIBA MIRA is leading the simulation and modelling activities for the project, which will predict how these technologies influence journeys and inform future deployment strategies to optimise socio-economic benefits. Critical to the deployment of these technologies is to ensure that they are safe and secure. As a result of this, HORIBA MIRA will be producing cyber security guidelines.


What is Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd. responsible for?

Huawei is responsible for making available LTE-V2X prototype terminals to the UK CITE project for laboratory testing of the technology. As one of the pioneering leaders in the field of Cellular-V2X, Huawei is also providing its wider competence in this area to ensure UK CITE project benefits from the latest that this technology has to offer.


What is Siemens responsible for?

Siemens is responsible under work package two for defining ITS system architecture, implementing access control and operational guidelines and procedures for UK CITE trial, as well as the development of the back office system (Stratos) to process and log V2X messages to support agreed Use Cases.

Broadcasting ITS G5 to DSRC to installed Road Side Units (RSU), Siemens aims to demonstrate that the RSU can communicate with the Visteon on board unit (OBU) using secure technology.  This demonstrates that V2X messages can be transmitted and received over the air interface e.g. CAMs and DENMs can be sent from OBU to RSU.  IVIs and DENMs can be sent from RSU to OBU. In addition, Siemens will provide Virtual gantry messaging services from Stratos for presentation over the Cellular network to the Visteon mobile application.


What is Vodafone Group Services Ltd. responsible for?

Vodafone is responsible for co-ordinating the deployment and testing of cellular V2X technology within the UK CITE project. Vodafone established a dedicated mobile 4G network using 2.6GHz TDD spectrum to support the operation of the early C-V2X system. Vodafone contributed towards the initial use cases demonstrated over pre-standard PC5 on the Gaydon test track. Vodafone has supported the security analysis and development work package within CITE.  Vodafone is providing key support for the in-car signage Proof of Concept in the project, using its commercial mobile network coverage of the UK CITE public road testbed. Vodafone will take the learnings from the UK CITE project and use it to contribute towards industry-wide development and standardisation of cellular V2X principles and technology. Vodafone has promoted the objectives and results of the UK CITE project to industry associations such as the 5GAA.


What is Transport for West Midlands responsible for?

TfWM are providing coordination and oversight across the West Midlands Local Authorities on CAV. TfWM are specifically directly supporting CCC in managing the delivery team for UK CITE, providing expertise and data to develop the business case and developing the long term exploitation of that asset not just in Coventry, but as a resource for the West Midlands.  TfWM will support CCC on all development and trials work and will transfer expertise and knowledge to other West Midlands Local Authorities.


What is the University of Warwick responsible for?

WMG is a department within the University of Warwick that strives to deliver world-leading research with industrial relevance and impact. WMG’s Intelligent Vehicles group, and wider WMG capability, is working on the UKCITE project in the areas verification and validation, cyber security and the business case for connectivity infrastructure.

WMG’s cyber security team are leading the cyber security work package, which will be delivered in partnership with Siemens and MIRA. Our cyber security experts are assessing cyber security state of the art of DSRC, LTE and LTE-V for V2X road transport applications taking into consideration the use cases implemented as part of this project, reviewing the current ITS architecture and security mechanisms. We will also be under taking an evaluation of the implemented security measures using our 3xD simulator for Intelligent Vehicles.

An important aspect of the project is assessing the business case for investing in V2I infrastructure. Our Operations and Supply Chains Strategy team is exploring the potential business models for commercialisation to ensure that business plans enable the progression to the next stage of technological development. Assuming technological feasibility and whilst at an early stage of their development, this research team has been gathering appropriate information for connected highways, motorways and the automotive sector.