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UK gets new automotive research centre

The Transport Research Laboratory and MIRA is planning to build a new research centre in the UK to develop future transport technologies.

The £23.8 million centre will be named ‘innovITS Advance’ and will be available to telecommunications, automotive and electronics industries, as well as highways authorities and operators.

The facility will be built at the Warwickshire headquarters of MIRA, the automotive test and development organisation.

MIRA and TRL expect to finish planning the build in August and are aiming to open the new centre in five phases, the first of which will be late next summer.

The first phase of development will involve the construction of a ‘city’ circuit. It will have a network of roads, traffic islands, roundabouts and controlled intersections to let engineers replicate the challenges of a European urban environment.

Phil Pettitt, chief executive officer of innovITS, said: “Our ultimate aim is that innovITS will become the international centre for connecting vehicles, highways and telecommunications, thus facilitating the more rapid introduction of intelligent transport technologies, with considerable benefits for industry and for society as a whole.”

The centre will be researching collision avoidance and mitigation, driver behaviour, intersection safety, vulnerable road user detection and road sign detection.

A birdseye view of the innovITS development site

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