Coventry University demos self-driving car at Motofest 2023

Coventry University showcased 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, was 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, was also demonstrated to the press on Industry day on Friday 2nd 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.”