Costain begins work on autonomous vehicle trial route

Costain has begun installing smart infrastructure on the 300 km Midlands Future Mobility test environment. Spanning from Coventry to Birmingham the route will be set to trial connected and autonomous vehicles with a view to making UK roads safer and allowing for more predictable goods delivery and journey times.

The autonomous vehicle industry is estimated to be worth up to £62 billion to the UK economy by 2030 and Costain is a leading provider of advanced infrastructure technologies that are putting the UK at the forefront of the global mobility revolution. The project is run by a consortium of companies including Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), MIRA, Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM), Costain, Amey, Wireless Infrastructure Group, Vodafone, Coventry University and Highways England.

The route has been developed by TfWM in collaboration with Coventry City Council, Birmingham City Council and Solihull Council and takes in key interchanges such as Birmingham International Airport and the new HS2 Hub in the City. It provides over 300km of inner city, suburban and rural roads on which to fully assess vehicle performance in a wide range of real world locations and situations.