Coventry University supports industry to help speed up the development of self-driving vehicles

Coventry University building

Coventry University will be using its expertise in simulation technology as part a project aimed at speeding up the development of safe and reliable self-driving vehicles.

Testing automated features on cars for all possible scenarios is a costly process and requires billions of miles of testing before they are deemed safe for use. 

The aim of Project CERTUS, in which Coventry University is collaborating, is to speed up this process using digital simulation, helping to bring such technologies to the mass market quicker and more cost effectively. 

The £2.7 million project has an ambitious aim of reducing the time it takes to validate and verify automated driving systems by 40%. 

Project CERTUS aims to develop a range of software tools to help verify and validate self-driving technology and determine which tests are needed before they can be brought to market. 

Coventry University’s role in Project CERTUS will be to support the development of the simulation technology, enabling the identification of scenarios to use in test programmes.

Coventry University will also work with government and industry to promote the results of the project and develop new educational and skills offerings.

Simulation will not completely replace physical testing but will play a key part in the overall testing programme. 

Kevin Vincent, Director of Coventry University’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research, said: “Coventry University already has a great reputation for innovation in the field of automated driving technology and we are a founder member of the CAM test bed UK. Being involved in Project CERTUS further raises the profile of Coventry University in this area.” 

Associate Professor Olivier Haas, team lead for Intelligent Transportation Systems and 5G and the lead for Project Certus at Coventry University, said: “This project is all about reducing the development costs of self-driving technology for manufacturers, it will make the industry more democratic. The aim is to develop a new commercial product to help manufacturers test their designs in a cost-effective manner, while building confidence in this technology. 

“We’re thrilled to be working with HORIBA MIRA, IPG, Polestar and Connected Places Catapult in this project, and anticipate that this technology will further the development of safe, efficient and accessible automated mobility.”

In addition to its involvement in Project CERTUS, Coventry University is playing a key part in an extensive new trial of self-driving technology on Coventry’s roads. 

The university is a collaborating organisation in the £15.2million Multi-Area Connected Automated Mobility (MACAM) Project, which will begin a trial of self-driving technology within Coventry city centre and at the NEC next year. 

To find out more about Coventry University’s Centre for Autonomous Automotive Research, visit

For more about Coventry University’s ongoing work with HORIBA MIRA visit

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top