Virtual driving test
for safer, smarter
Autonomous Vehicles



OmniCAV is a consortium of eleven world-leading organisations working together to develop real-world validated simulation-based framework for the testing and certification of autonomous vehicles (AVs) in the UK.


AVs have the potential to deliver safer, smarter, autonomous mobility for all. But first we need to know that autonomous vehicles can handle challenging road conditions, on country lanes as much as crowded city streets. Testing this on public roads alone is not safe or scalable.


Funded jointly by CCAV (70%) and the project partners (30%), OmniCAV is drawing on experience from across the AV ecosystem to create a realistic simulation that will enable accurate, reliable, and scalable testing of autonomous vehicles in a risk-free virtual environment.

The OmniCAV project will reinforce the UK’s reputation as one of the world’s leaders for the development and deployment of AV technology and provide the following benefits for the ecosystem and wider public:

Accelerating the introduction of safer, smarter mobility– in time for the 2021 government target to have AVs on our roads

Building public trust and confidence in the safety of autonomous vehicles

Enabling autonomous mobility in rural areas, which are most in need of improved transportation

Reinforcing the UK’s reputation as a leader in the automotive and high tech sectors

Providing tools and processes to strengthen the UK’s AV ecosystem

Contributing a UK perspective to global safety standards to benefit the AV industry

Encouraging cross-sector collaboration and stakeholder engagement to address the complex issues surrounding the broad adoption of autonomous vehicles


The OmniCAV Project is part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. It is part of the government’s £100 million Intelligent Mobility Fund, supporting the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge.

As a key part of the UK government’s modern Industrial Strategy, the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge was announced in 2017 to encourage and support extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology, making the UK a world leader within the transport industries.

This includes facilitating profound changes in transport technologies and business models, to make the movement of people, goods and services across the nation greener, safer, easier and more reliable.

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