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Connected cars could cooperate to avoid motorway pile-ups

Developments in connected car technologies could see groups of vehicles work together to help avoid multi-car collisions on motorways.

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New technology in development to avoid multi-car collisions.

Currently around 5,500 accidents happen per year on UK motorways, contributing to over 1,730 annual deaths and over 22,000 serious injuries on all roads.

Under the Multi-Car Collision Avoidance (MuCCA) project, research will look at how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and vehicle-to-vehicle communications could help cars and eventually autonomous vehicles make cooperative decisions to avoid a potential accident.

The project, led by automotive design and testing experts IDIADA and including Cranfield University and the Transport Systems Catapult, would enable vehicles to calculate optimal joint trajectories to avoid complex collisions with both human and machine-driven vehicles.

The funding is the result of a competition from Innovate UK, the Government’s national innovation agency, and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.