Two British cities have hosted a world-first demonstration of the cars of the future as a pioneering project to trial Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) came to an end.

Coventry and Milton Keynes hosted three days of complex demonstrations across two cities, featuring new modes of travel, collaboration between three global car manufacturers, innovative technological features, complex urban environments, and an International CAV Conference.

The UK Autodrive project is the largest of three projects to have emerged from the UK government’s ‘Introducing Driverless Cars’ competition in 2015, which had the aim of establishing the UK as a global hub for the development of autonomous vehicle technologies.

Since then the technology and CAV sector more generally has evolved considerably, and UK Autodrive has been the benchmark project. Putting users’ needs first, the project is helping to make roads safer and less congested, air cleaner, and commutes simpler and more efficient.

UK Autodrive has played a pivotal role in positioning the UK as a leader in the CAV space, helping support the UK government’s ambition to see driverless cars on the road by 2021, and making the UK a top destination for future investment and CAV research and development.

As well as leading the way in developing and showcasing the latest technology, UK Autodrive has investigated other important aspects of automated driving – including safety and cyber-security, legal and insurance issues, public acceptance and customer interaction, and the potential business models for turning autonomous driving systems into a widespread reality.

Helping business, academic and government communities to take positive steps forward, the project has also delivered a number of papers and studies:

  • Public engagement / Feasibility studies: examining the significant implications and challenges of introducing autonomous vehicles from a technical, social and economic perspective.
  • Legal and insurance: supporting thinking and develop the legal framework for the wider roll-out of autonomous mobility.
  • Safety and security: exploring mass CAV deployment, identifying weaknesses in the operating system and infrastructure, and providing solutions.

The partners in the UK Autodrive consortium are Arup, Milton Keynes Council, Coventry City Council, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, RDM Group, HORIBA-MIRA, Oxbotica, AXA, Gowling WLG, Thales, Transport Systems Catapult, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, and the Open University.

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About UK Autodrive

UK Autodrive is the largest of three UK consortia launched to support the introduction of self-driving vehicles into the UK. UK Autodrive brings together leading technology and automotive businesses, forward-thinking local authorities and academic institutions to deliver a major three-year UK trial of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies taking place in Milton Keynes and Coventry. UK Autodrive is jointly funded by government and industry. The competition was delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. For further information, see 

About Arup

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. With over 80 offices in 35 countries, Arup has more than 13,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants delivering innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion.

About Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.

We employ more than 44,000 people globally and support around 260,000 more through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, Austria and Slovakia.

At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2017 Jaguar Land Rover sold 621,109 vehicles in 130 countries, with more than 80 per cent of our vehicles being sold abroad. 

Our innovation is continuous: we will spend in the region of £4.5 billion this year on new product creation and capital expenditure.

From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 201,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit 

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 54,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 69,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and eight unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.


Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) is a subsidiary of Tata Motors, created as a UK-based centre of excellence for automotive design and engineering, located at the University of Warwick.  TMETC provides research and development principally for Tata Motors but also for selected partners in the automotive industry.

About Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Council is the local authority for the borough and has ambitious plans for Milton Keynes' continued economic development and growth, and for the area to be an ever more attractive place to work, live and learn. We deliver responsive and effective local authority front-line and support services to Milton Keynes' 260,000+ citizens, covering everything from schools; maintaining roads and pavements; developing parks and playgrounds; supporting children, families and adults in need through social care and housing services, and much more. MK Council positively support new innovation in transport technology to improve journey choice and options for people whilst reducing carbon emissions.

About Horiba MIRA

HORIBA MIRA Ltd is one of the UK’s largest transport systems R&D companies with more than 600 staff, including dedicated technical teams focused on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), controls and electronics, and safety (ISO26262). This expertise is underpinned by over 38 highly specialist laboratories, simulation and modelling facilities as well as over 100km of vehicle proving ground facilities. It is host to Europe’s first purpose built City Circuit and TIC-IT, for developing CAV and related technologies system performance. MIRA has been at the forefront of programmes to develop solutions in the area of CAV products and services, and determining their system performance, for over 15 years.

About Coventry City Council

About RDM Group

About Gowling WMG

About Thales Security

About the Open University

About the University of Cambridge

About the University of Oxford

About Transport Systems Catapult

The Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world. We are here to support business growth, increase the UK’s share of the global Intelligent Mobility market, and attract investment – creating jobs and generating long-term economic growth.

We will help sell UK capability on the global stage, while also promoting the UK as a superb test bed for the transportation industry. With a clear emphasis on collaboration, we are bringing together diverse organisations across different modes of transport, breaking down barriers and providing a unique platform for meeting the world's most pressing transport challenges.

The Transport Systems Catapult is one of an elite network of not-for-profit technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. For more information, please visit