Coventry University has demonstrated one of its self-driving electric vehicles to the public, which was seen autonomously driving around parts of Coventry city.
The vehicle, a Nissan ENV 200, is a battery electric vehicle and one of two self-driving research vehicles from the university’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research.
Kevin Vincent, director of Coventry University’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research, said: “The vehicle’s purpose is to investigate a range of scenarios around self-driving, connectivity, cyber security and automated testing to create a resilient self-driving solution for our vehicles of the future.”
The vehicle is fitted with a 360-degree scanning lidar, which helps the vehicle understand where it is and builds a digital picture of the surrounding environment.
The car is also equipped with a series of cameras which help to localise it, as well as forward-facing radar, ultrasound sensors and a 5G development kit.
An automated system located in the back of the car provides the vehicle with the needed instructions to enable it to drive smoothly with no hands and no feet needed.
Kevin Vincent and the team, in collaboration with Conigital and as part of the CCAV, funded the Multi Area Connected and Automated Mobility (MACAM) project.