Transport and logistics 2017

Midlands Future Mobility

Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry


Funded by Innovate UK and brings together Highways England with Midlands Future Mobility.


Autonomous vehicles and associated technology

Midlands future mobility is a testbed offering 80 km of urban road in Coventry and Birmingham with connected infrastructure and ecosystems to test CAVs in real-world road environments. The Midlands Future Mobility enable deployment, development and integration of a very wide range of technologies that will enable future mobility solutions.

What was tested

The main segment is to test connected and autonomous vehicles, however it is also expected to test technology from across the entire transport system including: ADAS systems; autonomous control systems; sensors to enable smart infrastructure; digital worlds for virtual validation; communications systems including 5G.

Testbed purpose

The main purpose is related to the commitment of the UK Government to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront in the CAV and Future Mobility Market. Secondary purposes are to facilitate solutions to make it to the market and to support policy makers in designing, exploring, experiencing and refining new policies and regulations in real life scenarios, or for evaluating their potential impacts before implementation.


The environment have initial facilities in Coventry, Solihull and Birmingham, linked by the roads between. Onsite facilities are located at WMG (University of Warwick) Coventry, TfWM in Birmingham and the support centre in Coventry. The road route covers over 50 miles between and around Coventry and Birmingham.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Capture competitive advantages from frontier technologies

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