Connected CAV testing

The new Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) units are nearing completion. As well as being visually stunning, the units represent a state-of-the-art facility from which to undertake testing and validation of sophisticated robotic systems such as driverless cars. These units will reach final completion in July 2019 and the delivery of additional infrastructure and facilities is ongoing through the year.

CAV units on the Culham site

A key aspect of RACE’s investment in its testing capability is a significant upgrade in connectivity. RACE has received planning permission for a tailored 4G LTE broadband spectrum that will provide dedicated coverage across the UKAEA site. In parallel RACE will be fitting short-range mesh Wi-Fi to a number of the onsite lampposts. These systems can be accessed by any device operating to the appropriate standard. When the installation is complete, RACE will have a flexible and robust V2X system, a combination of Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communications.

Whilst local exchange of data is a critical part of V2X, it is only a small part of the whole picture. Full integration of the vehicles into the traffic system requires that the data is moved from the 4G head (or 802.11p router) to fleet management and traffic control centres. This requires the data to be fed into fibre optic cables. To achieve this, RACE is in the process of installing a new core fibre optic ring backbone around the Culham campus. This high capacity data spine means that they can collect and transmit the large quantities of data that driverless cars produce, with redundancies in the event they lose a node. The fibre optic spine will, in part, be laid in existing ducts but RACE estimates that about three kilometres of new ducts will need to be put in place.

Showcase Event

RACE is planning an open-house event later in the year to showcase the new units and the exciting CAV work being done locally. Further details of this will be in the next edition of this newsletter. If you would like to exhibit or attend, please let us know at: contactus@race.ukaea.uk.


Connected CAV testing

The new Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) units are nearing completion. As well as being visually stunning, the units represent a state-of-the-art facility from which to undertake testing and validation of sophisticated robotic systems such as driverless cars. These units will reach final completion in July 2019 and the delivery of additional infrastructure and facilities is ongoing through the year.

CAV units on the Culham site

A key aspect of RACE’s investment in its testing capability is a significant upgrade in connectivity. RACE has received planning permission for a tailored 4G LTE broadband spectrum that will provide dedicated coverage across the UKAEA site. In parallel RACE will be fitting short-range mesh Wi-Fi to a number of the onsite lampposts. These systems can be accessed by any device operating to the appropriate standard. When the installation is complete, RACE will have a flexible and robust V2X system, a combination of Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communications.


Whilst local exchange of data is a critical part of V2X, it is only a small part of the whole picture. Full integration of the vehicles into the traffic system requires that the data is moved from the 4G head (or 802.11p router) to fleet management and traffic control centres. This requires the data to be fed into fibre optic cables. To achieve this, RACE is in the process of installing a new core fibre optic ring backbone around the Culham campus. This high capacity data spine means that they can collect and transmit the large quantities of data that driverless cars produce, with redundancies in the event they lose a node. The fibre optic spine will, in part, be laid in existing ducts but RACE estimates that about three kilometres of new ducts will need to be put in place.

Showcase Event

RACE is planning an open-house event later in the year to showcase the new units and the exciting CAV work being done locally. Further details of this will be in the next edition of this newsletter. If you would like to exhibit or attend, please let us know at: contactus@race.ukaea.uk.