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The Automotive Council launches two new roadmaps in connected and autonomous vehicles

  • The Automotive Council’s consensus roadmaps have been charting globally significant technology trajectories since they were first produced in 2009.
  • The new Intelligent and Connected Vehicle product roadmap recognises the technological, social and infrastructural challenges connected and autonomous vehicles face in gaining mass market acceptance
  • The new Electronic and Electrical Architectures technology roadmap recognises that the future of connected and automated functions will drive more complex, higher performance, centralised architectures with integrated functionality
  • In line with the recently updated propulsion roadmaps, the APC on behalf of the Automotive Council have graphically redesigned the 2015 Energy and Fuels roadmap and the 2016 Virtual Product Engineering roadmap
  • Full commentary and high resolution JPEG of all four roadmaps are available to download from the APC’s website

The Automotive Council’s consensus roadmaps have been charting globally significant technology trajectories since they were first produced in 2009. They have provided a robust foundation for engagement between government, academia and industry. The two new roadmaps launched this year by the Automotive Council significantly broaden the remit of the current roadmap portfolio and identifies key opportunities in the area of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Intelligent and Connected Vehicle Roadmap

The Automotive Council’s Intelligent Connected Vehicle roadmap was launched at LCV2017 and was created by the Automotive Council Technology Group’s ICV sub-group in collaboration with AESIN. The roadmap builds upon the Transport Systems Catapult’s “Travellers’ Needs” study as well as the high level “Intelligent Mobility” roadmap published by the Automotive Council in 2013.

David Skipp, Manager – UK Technical Business Strategy Office, Ford UK & member of Automotive Council Intelligent Connected Vehicle sub-team said:

 “The Intelligent Connected Vehicle sub-team of the Automotive Council Technology Group are focusing on technology, processes, and other enablers, to deliver world class autonomous and connected vehicles. The Intelligent and Connected Vehicle roadmap is the keystone of the group’s strategy, and provides a comprehensive, yet flexible, framework to guide the future research, development, and application activities necessary to bring connected and autonomous vehicles to the roads.”

Daniel Ruiz, the new Chief Executive of Meridian, also commended the launch of the Automotive Council’s Intelligent and Connected Vehicle roadmap:

“Meridian welcomes the launch of the new Intelligent and Connected Vehicle roadmap by the Automotive Council, which sets a clear vision for the future of connected and autonomous vehicles. Meridian was launched to support further innovation in the development of connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK and is excited to facilitate innovation that align with areas identified in the roadmap”

Electronic and Electrical Architecture Roadmap

The Automotive Council’s Electrical and Electronic Architecture roadmap was published by the Automotive Council Technology Group in 2017. Future connected and automated functions will drive the evolution towards domain centric and ultimately, high performance, centralised architectures with higher capacity powernets. The new E/E roadmap recognises the need for increased integration of sensors and growth of self-learning systems, better communications infrastructure, improved processing speeds, solid state sensors as well as enhanced cyber security and skills to deliver the vehicles of the future.

Virtual Product Engineering Roadmap

The Automotive Council’s Virtual Product Engineering roadmap was published at LCV2016 and developed by an expert steering committee convened by the Automotive Council Technology Group. The roadmap reflects the strategic importance of advancing multi-physics modelling tools, increasing virtual validation and reducing product development timeframes. This roadmap is critical to the future design and manufacture of all products and technologies so cuts across all of the Automotive Council’s roadmaps. Following the update of the Automotive Council propulsion roadmaps in September 2017, the Virtual Product Engineering roadmap was redesigned so all roadmaps are visually consistent.

Energy and Fuels Roadmap

The Automotive Council’s Energy and Fuels roadmap was published in 2015 by an expert steering committee convened by the Automotive Council Technology Group. The roadmap creates a high level consensus view for the future of transport energy in the UK that is consistent with the passenger car, heavy duty/off highway and advanced combustion engine technology roadmaps published by the Automotive Council in 2013. Following the update of the Automotive Council propulsion roadmaps in September 2017, the Energy and Fuels roadmap was redesigned so all roadmaps are visually consistent.

All four roadmaps, including the detailed commentary and high resolution JPEG, are now available to download from the APC’s website. Please click here to see all the four roadmaps described above.