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HORIBA MIRA Hosts the UK’s First Collaborative Trials of Connected and Self-Driving Cars

News   •   Oct 27, 2016 11:14 GMT

Demonstrations on HORIBA MIRA's Proving Ground

HORIBA MIRA – a world-leader in advanced engineering, research and testing – played host to the UK’s first collaborative trials of connected and autonomous vehicles on 21st October, 2016.

The £20 million research and development project, known as UK Autodrive, brought together Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) to jointly demonstrate a number of future vehicle technologies at HORIBA MIRA’s Proving Ground in Nuneaton.

UK Autodrive, jointly funded by government and industry, will start to trial connected (Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, TMETC) and autonomous (Jaguar Land Rover, TMETC) vehicles on public roads in Milton Keynes and Coventry from next year. HORIBA MIRA is one of 16 organisations collaborating in the UK Autodrive project and will provide controlled environment (proving ground) test facilities.

It is the first project in the UK to showcase the benefits of having cars that can communicate with each other across multiple makes of car. During Friday’s event at HORIBA MIRA, the car-makers jointly demonstrated two of the seven connected car features which they plan to trial during the three-year programme. This included showcasing how vehicles can warn their drivers if another connected vehicle ahead has braked severely, lowering the risk of rear-end collisions when the driver’s view is obscured. The second demonstration showed how connected cars can be sent information from traffic lights, allowing them to reduce the likelihood of meeting red lights – potentially improving future traffic flow and lowering emissions in urban areas.

In addition to providing the proving ground facilities for UK Autodrive, HORIBA MIRA will provide safety guidance for the trials, both test-track and city-based, as well as guidance on requirements for the future deployment of connected vehicles. Finally, HORIBA MIRA will support the guidance of Cyber Security for the trials and support the development of guidance for security on the future deployment of connected vehicles.

Further UK Autodrive trials and demonstrations are scheduled to take place at HORIBA MIRA during the spring of next year, before moving out onto closed-off areas of Milton Keynes and Coventry in late 2017. The project will culminate in a series of public road trials and demonstrations to be held in both cities in 2018.

Chris Reeves, Commercial Manager for Future Transport Technologies and Intelligent Mobility at MIRA, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the trials and demonstrations and to be a part of a consortium that will help position the UK as a global leader for the development of connected autonomous vehicle technologies.

“Throughout this project we have been building upon our world class expertise in connected autonomous vehicle systems to help the UK deliver the economic and societal benefits these technologies can bring.”

About UK Autodrive

UK Autodrive is the largest of three UK consortia launched to support the introduction of self-driving vehicles into the UK. UK Autodrive 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 taking place in Milton Keynes and Coventry. UK Autodrive is being supported by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency. For further information, see


HORIBA MIRA is a global provider of pioneering engineering, research and test services to the automotive, defence, aerospace and rail sectors. The company works in close collaboration with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers around the world, providing comprehensive support ranging from individual product tests to turnkey multi-vehicle design, development and build programmes.

With over 70 years’ experience in developing some of the world’s most iconic vehicles, HORIBA MIRA’s engineers utilise the latest test facilities and simulation tools to make vehicles and journeys safer, cleaner, more efficient and rewarding. Boasting a suite of over 37 major test facilities, 100km of specialised proving ground and a wealth of engineering experience, combined with expanding international presence, gives the company confidence that is has the means to achieve its vision – that by 2020 every journey in the world will be positively influenced by HORIBA MIRA.

Company NameHORIBA MIRA Ltd.
AddressWatling Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0TU, UK
Incorporated1st January 1946
Business domainEngineering Consultancy, Test Consultancy, TransportTechnology Park
RepresentativeDr George Gillespie OBE


Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, the HORIBA Group is a global leading supplier of measurement technology and systems for various fields from automotive testing, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics, semiconductor manufacturing and metrology to scientific R&D and QC measurements.

Company nameHORIBA, Ltd.
Address2, Miyanohigashi-cho, Kisshoin, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Japan
FoundedOctober 17, 1945
IncorporatedJanuary 26, 1953
Net sales170,898 million Japanese yen (Consolidated, Fiscal 2015)
Paid in capital12,011 million Japanese yen (As of December 31, 2015)
Business domainManufacture and sale of analytical measurement equipment
Fiscal closing dateDecember 31, annually
Annual meeting of shareholdersHeld in March
Number of employees6,831 (Consolidated, as of December 31, 2015)
RepresentativeAtsushi Horiba - Chairman, President & CEO
Stock listingsTokyo Stock Exchange, First Section Securities Code: 6856

About HORIBA Automotive Test Systems

A business segment of the HORIBA Group, Automotive Test Systems (ATS) which has developed global leadership in the fields of engine test systems, driveline test systems, brake test systems, wind tunnel balances and emissions test systems. HORIBA ATS is able to offer its customers complete solutions with full turnkey capability for all industries using electric motors, internal combustion engines and turbines. These include the automotive, heavy-duty, off-road, consumer goods, marine, aerospace and locomotive sectors.

For further information about HORIBA, MIRA and MIRA Technology Park, contact Bethany Haller or Molly Fowler at Grayling: 0121 265 2760 or

For further information about HORIBA goup, please contact Maximilien Xavier Rehm at Aalto International Japan Co. Ltd:


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