O2 and the European Space Agency will be supporting four year trial ‘Project Darwin’.
The trial is designed to pave the way for next generation connectivity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
The project aims to test new technology and end-to-end connectivity solutions including 5G and satellite communications to ultimately create a new CAV industry vertical.
Based in the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, ‘Project Darwin’ intends to bring together Oxford and Glasgow Universities, Spanish satellite operator Hispasat, start-ups specialised in self-driving mobility solutions and Darwin Innovation Group Oxford – an innovation company connecting terrestrial and satellite communications.
From July 2019 the high-level design and definition phase will begin at Harwell to explore key connected vehicle and Vehicle-SIM platforms as well as AI neural network integration. From 2020 the project hopes to be in position to showcase the first ‘proof of concepts’.
O2 research last year found that CAVs are expected to generate unprecedented levels of data – 4TB per hour – highlighting the need for projects such as these to explore next generation connectivity solutions.
As part of Project Darwin, an ARTES ‘Partner Study’ programme will be conducted with UK government support (first phase €2.2m) to help define all the different elements needed to deliver the larger programme. The future of mobility is one of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges and the UK Space Agency is working closely with Darwin and Telefonica to support this ambition in the UK.