Costain wins connected vehicle technology contract from Highways England
August 23, 2018 – UK-based smart infrastructure solutions company Costain has won a technology contract from Highways England to design, install and implement one of the first pilot connected vehicle corridors on a live road, in collaboration with Highways England, the Department for Transport, Transport for London (TfL) and Kent County Council.
Under the ‘A2M2 connected corridor’ contract, Costain will deliver roadside technology using data supplied by TfL, Highways England and Kent County Council and a technology testbed for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS).
This contract is expected to help promote the UK as a market leader in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) and C-ITS technology.
Costain CEO Andrew Wyllie said: “This is an important step in making our roads safer and improving journey time reliability by embracing cutting edge technology. It is a further demonstration of Costain’s capability and we look forward to leading the way with the deployment and testing of this exciting technology.”
Costain will test the wireless transmission of data to and from travelling vehicles. Onboard technology will allow trial vehicles to communicate with roadside units via ITS G5 wireless communication and with the service provider via cellular communication.
This will transmit information to the vehicle relating to road works, road conditions, temporary speed limits and the time remaining before a traffic light turns to green using which the vehicle will vary speed.
Information obtained will be used to develop connected vehicle standards and facilitate a widescale deployment of connected vehicle technology.
Highways England executive director of safety, engineering and standards Mike Wilson said: “Having the technology in place to allow vehicles to connect to each other and the road around them has the potential to improve journeys, making them safer and more reliable by providing real-time, personalised information directly to the driver. It could also help us manage traffic and respond to incidents.
“The A2/M2 trial will test and demonstrate how this may work in the real world. We are delighted to be jointly funding and part of this international project.”
Costain will deliver the contract with partners Mott MacDonald, 4way Consulting, TRL, Kapsch TrafficCom, Altran, Cohda Wireless, Telent Technology Services and Telefonica.