Partners

The OmniCAV consortium consists of 11 experienced and innovative partners from across the private, public and academic sector.

Latent Logic
Latent Logic, is a spin-out of the award-winning Computer Sciences department at Oxford University. The company uses state-of-the-art computer vision and innovative machine learning techniques to develop high fidelity behaviour models for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians using data from traffic cameras.

Admiral
Admiral is a FTSE 100 insurance company with 25 years history in delivering motor insurance direct to the UK market. Admiral has now grown to today serving over 4 million motor customers. Admiral will use its extensive experience to assist with the creation of a library of scenarios against which to test CAVs.

Aimsun
Aimsun is an international software and services company with a singular focus on algorithms, modelling, and operational know-how for strategic transport planning, traffic engineering and mobility management. Aimsun develops, markets and supports Aimsun Next transport modelling software, which will provide the traffic simulation underpinning the OmniCAV project and developing its interfaces to allow seamless compatibility with XPI and Latent Logic.

Arcadis
Arcadis, one of the world’s leading providers of Design and Consultancy services, has a strong focus on driving innovation in the design, delivery and operation of built and natural assets, including modelling the impact of CAV and new mobility on city and regional policy. Working with the consortium, Arcadis will be developing and implementing the traffic model at the heart of OmniCAV, designed to enable acceleration of testing the reliability and safety of CAV technology.

Arrival

Arrival is a technology company fuelled by the ambition to make EVs the new normal. Driven by a team curated from the world’s most renowned technology and automotive brands, Arrival have taken a blank canvas and turned it into something extraordinary. Designed from the ground up, Arrival has created electric vehicles as they should be – simple, smart, modular. One skateboard platform, easily scaled, easily manufactured, easily turned into multiple vehicle types. This completely unique approach is what will pave the way to delivering premium, autonomous ready, electric vehicles at scale without a premium price tag. For OmniCAV, Arrival will be developing the AV model to drive in the simulator, as well as the vehicle for real-world tests.

Ordnance Survey (OS)
OS is Britain’s national mapping agency, providing the geospatial framework relied upon by government, industry and the general public. Its role within OmniCAV is to specify, capture and maintain the high-resolution spatial data required within a robust autonomous vehicle simulation environment. OS will work alongside the other members of the OmniCAV consortium to establish a specification and standard for a geospatial dataset to act as the underpinning reference, or digital twin, for CAV simulation.

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC)
As the first UK authority to include connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in local strategy and development plans, as well as to have a dedicated team, OCC is keen to support the safe growth and deployment of CAVs and promote an equitable change to smart mobility. In OmniCAV, OCC will be providing data crucial to construct and evaluate the simulation environment, local knowledge and facilitate the road trials. OCC will also be leading on the citizen engagement during the project.

Remote Applications for Challenging Environments (RACE)
The UK Atomic Energy Authority’s centre for Remote Applications for Challenging Environments (RACE) has teamed with Millbrook, the leading independent vehicle test and validation services provider, to offer a unique, controlled testbed representative of an urban environment for the development of connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies. For OmniCAV, the road and test track networks of the two sites will operate as a single facility offering all-weather, multi-user access and seamless transfers between environments, cost-effectively addressing all functional requirements, both current and future, of real-world urban scenarios.

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)
WMG was established to reinvigorate UK manufacturing through the application of cutting edge research and effective knowledge transfer. WMG is a world-leading research and education group and an academic department of the University of Warwick. For OmniCAV WMG will be identifying near-miss road traffic accident scenarios, using Systems Theoretic Process Analysis to identify system level hazards, developing a scenario description language, creating evaluation metrics for the testing process, and selecting test scenarios for simulation, test track and real-world testing. WMG also represents the UK on key international standardisation committees and will work to ensure that outcomes of the OmniCAV project feed into the creation of new ISO standards.

XPI Simulation Ltd
XPI Simulation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thales in the UK, designs and manufactures a range of simulators for driver training and research applications. XPI’s core capability is the development of a software architecture that accommodates the functions related to driving simulation – including hardware interfaces, image generation, databases, models, vehicle dynamics and scenarios. For OmniCAV, XPI will lead the design and development of the simulation software that will be used to test AVs.

Thatcham Research
Thatcham Research is the motor insurers’ automotive research centre. Established in 1969, the centre’s main aim is to contain or reduce the cost of motor insurance claims whilst maintaining safety standards. Today, it enjoys a much wider remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology research, spanning safety, security and repair. In its role as non-funded partner, Thatcham will advise and support Admiral in its activities on OmniCAV.

Advisory Board

In addition to the consortium of partners, the OmniCAV project also has an advisory board. This group of non-funded project supporters will be providing insight and advice on specific topics related to each businesses’ area of expertise. The advisory board are tasked with helping the project succeed and amplify its impact.

The Automobile Association

The Automobile Association was set up in 1905, when four driving enthusiasts banded together in London to form the AA. From day one the goal has been exactly the same: to protect the interests of motorists.

With over 13 million members the AA is now the UK’s largest motoring organisation. From setting up the first motorbike patrols to piloting ‘connected cars’, there is a unique history of embracing new technology and innovations to better serve drivers.

Nominet

Nominet’s acquired expertise and experience as a world leading registry service provider for the .UK namespace has been used to develop a sophisticated cyber-security capability deployed by government and global enterprises. Nominet is developing and applying cyber security tools, technologies and expertise to CAVs and the supporting digital infrastructure which is vital to the future development of this sector.

BSI

BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, represents UK interests in the development of national, European and international standards in areas including automotive safety, testing, cyber security, integrated transport systems and supporting new and emerging technologies with its innovative PAS programmes. BSI is working in partnership with government (CCAV, DfT) and Zenzic to develop a programme of standards to support the development of CAVs in the UK and help to inform the future of international standards in this domain.

The Met Office

The weather impacts all aspects of travel, including journey planning, demand, vehicle performance, hazard avoidance, infrastructure management, network management and regulation. Mobility must be capable of operating safely and efficiently in variable weather, and use weather data in decision systems utilized. The Met Office provides support for operations, research and development across the mobility sector and is developing a new generation of transport forecast capability.

Jessica Ugiccioni

Jessica is a lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales. She has responsibility for leading a multi-year review of the UK’s regulatory framework for automated vehicles, including their use as part of public transport networks.Before joining the civil service, Jessica was a university lecturer and had been in private practice with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York and London.

National Physics Laboratory

NPL is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is a world leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available. NPL’s current focus in this area is on advancing the safety assurance testing of automated and autonomous vehicles through the validation of sensors and perception systems.