Physical Test Environment

The MFM route for trialling of CAM solutions offers a unique combination of campus (mini-city), urban, rural and highways roads (200+ miles in total) on which trials can be supported.

Download our route sector overviews (as a zip file) for a closer insight into the MFM physical test environment.

The route encompasses major city centres (Coventry and Birmingham) and key interchanges (rail, high-speed rail (HS2) and Birmingham Airport). The wide range of route types provides businesses with opportunities to trial a range of CAM technologies, from Low Speed ‘shared space’ vehicles through to next generation Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), connected technologies and autonomous vehicle systems.

  • Utilise remotely configurable Road Side Units (RSUs) along the route, supporting various C-ITS (Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems) services (for example in-vehicle signage, roadworks warnings and Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA)) via DSRC (ITS-G5). DSRC communications are supported by PKI security management and authentication
  • Configurable C-ITS services via LTE communications technologies (3G/4G)
  • Record and review your trial alongside a trace of the route you used via the MFM Data Hub, which collates data from geo-fenced Closed Circuit TV (anonymised), Real-Time Kinematic GPS (correction signal broadcast over route), programmable roadside units and environmental monitoring stations. Additional services, such as data analytics, can provide further insight on test performance and network state during trials using reliable, secure and resilient data and video management tools
  • Develop and test your own infrastructure using our plug-and-play environment and mobile CCTV and RSUs
  • Utilise the MFM Playbook Transport Data Services for advice on traffic data available across the region, local data sets for testbed routes, precise environmental data and APIs, as well as downloads of traffic and travel data
  • Utilise the University of Warwick campus (including designated shared space routes for low speed autonomous vehicles) and our development pod platforms as a mini city for logistics and CAM service development
  • Access the MFM Participant Database to test public acceptance of new MaaS (Mobility as a Service) business models, vehicle ownership models or new CAM features
  • Develop and plan CAM tests using the MFM Data Hub to identify locations on the route with specific static or dynamic features (e.g. road layouts; traffic flows) to ensure precise test conditions.

Are you looking to conduct large scale trials, move between digital and real world environments, or converge vehicles and infrastructure?

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