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General information
United Kingdom Arup
From 2015 to 2018 In progress

UK Autodrive is the largest of three separate consortia that are currently trialling automated vehicle technology as part of the government’s "Introducing driverless cars to UK roads" competition launched to support the introduction of self-driving vehicles into the UK. The project 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.


The three year project will deliver feasibility studies and demonstrations in Milton Keynes and Coventry. These studies will provide valuable insight for vehicle manufacturers, cities, operators, legislators and insurer to develop the framework for adopting and deploying autonomous mobility.

The project is structured into three distinct parts:

  • Driverless cars (M1)
  • L-SATS (Low Speed Autonomous Transport System)
  • Cities Programme

Aims of the programme:

  • Validate driverless technology
  • Develop interoperability of technologies and interaction with other road users
  • Demonstrate how solutions can be scaled to different city / town infrastructures
  • Increase public and awareness and acceptance of driverless vehicles
  • Promote zero-emission urban vehicle technology
  • Develop new business models for new mobility services
  • Position the UK as a world leader and global hub for technology development


  • Integrate autonomous and connected vehicles into real-world urban environments
  • Show how autonomous vehicles could solve everyday challenges such as congestion
  • Demonstrate the commercial operation of electric-powered self-driving “pods” at a city scale
  • Provide insight for key stakeholders and decision-makers, including legislators, insurers and investors.

Related Projects

Gateway, Venturer


Led by Arup. Further partners: Axa UK, Transport Systems Catapult, Coventry City Council, Milton Keynes Council, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Tata, MIRA, Oxbotica, Thales, Open University, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, rdm Group, Gowling WLG.

Budget / Funding

20 million GBP


3d mapping; public transport; cities; interoperability; insurance; business models