As the vehicle industry shifts towards autonomous vehicles, technology must develop to meet the sector expectations. Ricardo recognises the requirements of producing autonomous vehicles, and is expertly positioned to support clients with ambitious autonomous projects.
Ricardo demonstrated this technology on the SARTRE project, which was shown to offer a number of benefits to vehicles within the road train: reduced fuel consumption, improved traffic flow and journey times, reduced accidents and increased driver convenience.
Ricardo is working on a number of new platooning projects in the both EU and US to help drive the technology through the early TRL stages and towards market adoption.
The use of advanced connectivity can help car manufacturers increase the fuel efficiency by optimising the route and drive-cycle of the vehicle over the whole projected journey.
The Ricardo Sentience project achieved this by using telematics to look beyond the line of sight and adjust the vehicle speed to align with upcoming road topology and conditions. In addition to adjusting the vehicle speed, ancillaries such as the air-conditioning can be optimized in order to predict temporary stops, and manage the load accordingly.
Advancing technology to enable connected and autonomous vehicles
Connected and autonomous vehicles will bring advanced communications, self-driving and significantly improved mobility for people and transported goods.
Vehicle intelligence and networking are part of an emerging solution to our global transportation challenges, and are advancing quickly to deliver highly automated and even partially autonomous vehicles, which already operate on some of our roads today.
Delivering simplicity and managing complexity
As the transportation marketplace percolates with new ideas and ways of delivering intelligent multi-modal mobility, it remains to be seen who will own future vehicles, who will develop them and which types of services and infrastructures will become commonplace. Behind the scenes is an innovative arena – a matrix of evolving technologies and services that include sensors, software, chips and boards, integration and vehicle builds, data management, connectivity and security. The vehicle value chain is expected to be driven by software feature sets, low system costs and high-performance hardware.
Ricardo shares a vision to continue to advance technology, replicate successful models and establish standards, practices and legislation that drive successful autonomous vehicle growth. As a leader in providing strategy and engineering services in the connected and autonomous vehicle market, we are currently focused on leading algorithm development, sensor fusion and hardware integration technologies through our client program successes.
Autonomous and connected vehicles will provide significant social, industrial, economic and environmental benefits in the future. Large investments in research and development are being made globally to ensure we bring these solutions to market as soon as possible.
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