New technology developed by WMG researchers at the University of Warwick enables autonomous vehicles to safely merge into highways and motorways.

This technology was developed using Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communications by the AutopleX (Autonomous Cars Negotiating Complex Environments Using V2X) project consortium.

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Innovate UK have jointly raised 2.6 million GBP to assist this project.

A thorough grasp of the speed and trajectory of other cars, as well as the traffic and environmental circumstances, is necessary to safely merge from a slip lane onto a motorway.

According to WMG’s research, further support from “smart” roadside infrastructure could send more information to the onboard system as the autonomous car travels down the slip lane, helping the software compute these factors more accurately.

Mehrdad Dianati, Head of Intelligent Vehicles Research at WMG, University of Warwick, said:

Professor Mehrdad Dianati, Head of Intelligent Vehicles Research at WMG, University of Warwick, said: “As we see technology progressing closer towards fully autonomous cars, important research like this shows what the future of motoring might look like.

“Manoeuvres at high speed, like merging, can be especially difficult for self-driving cars, and this project has proven that these obstacles can be overcome.”

This video gives a thorough overview of how the system functions in conjunction with an autonomous vehicle’s onboard technology.

 

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