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Coventry University to demo self-driving car at Motofest 2023

Coventry University will showcase one of its self-driving vehicles at this weekend’s Coventry Motofest 2023.

The Nissan ENV 200, which is a fully battery and electric operated vehicle, can be seen by the public driving around part of Coventry city centre on Saturday 3 June as part of the huge Motofest event.

The vehicle, which is one of two self-driving research vehicles from the University’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research, will also be demonstrated to the press on the Industry day on Friday 2 June.

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 stands for Light Detection and Ranging - which shows where the vehicle is and builds a digital picture of the surrounding environment. It also has a series of cameras which help to localise it, a forward-facing radar, ultrasound sensors and a 5G development kit.

Kevin and the team, in collaboration with Conigital as part of the CCAV funded Multi Area Connected and Automated Mobility project (MACAM), will be on hand at Motofest to explain to visitors how the car works and show them the automated system which is located in the back of the car and “gives the vehicle all of its instructions” so that it will “drive smoothly with no hands and no feet needed”.

Find out more about our Centre for Connected and Autonomous Automotive Research here.

Any media wanting to see the vehicle in action is invited to join Kevin and the team on Friday, 2 June. Please contact with any requests.

About Coventry University

Coventry University is a global, modern university with a mission of Creating Better Futures. We were founded by entrepreneurs and industrialists in 1843 as the Coventry School of Design and we continue to have strong links with the public and private sector, providing job-ready graduates with the skills and creative thinking to improve their communities.

With a proud tradition of innovative teaching and learning, Coventry University has world-class campus facilities, the UK’s first standalone 5G network and a digital community of learning. Our students are part of a global network that has 50,000 learners studying Coventry University degrees in more than 40 different countries and partnerships with 140 higher education providers worldwide.

We have greatly increased our research capacity and capability with a focus on impactful research, delivered for and with partners to address real-world challenges and support business and communities to grow. The depth and breadth of rapidly growing research portfolio was validated by the latest UK research assessment, which saw us jump 22 places in the research power rankings.

Over two centuries, we have flourished in Coventry and Coventry University Group now also delivers access to our range of high-quality services and partnerships through bases in London, Scarborough, Belgium, Poland, Egypt, Dubai, Singapore and Africa. We will be teaching students at a new campus in China in a joint institute with the Communication University of China in the near future.

In April 2022, we were honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade, the UK’s most prestigious business award. In recent years, we have won many awards and vastly improved our rankings in the league tables that matter to students – but what matters to us is delivering transformational change for our students, partners and communities around the world as we continue to evolve into a global education group.

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