In early July, project partners Perform Green and StreetDrone tested teleoperation of a connected StreetDrone e-NV200 test mule via the 5G internet connection installed around the Nissan site in Sunderland. Whilst based remotely in a meeting room, the team remotely drove the test vehicle around the site via live streaming of data over the 5G network. The purpose of this testing activity was to measure the quality of the 5G connection, including signal strength, connection speed, bandwidth, end-to-end latency and other metrics.
The following week, the team tested the self-driving software performance in a simulation using the autonomous e-NV200. In collaboration with IPG Automotive, the real-world vehicle was connected to the virtual world, using vehicle-in-the-loop technology. This activity formed part of early testing scenarios, allowing the physical vehicle to be subjected to a virtual dangerous situation while driving in a safe skid pad area.
By running the simulation software on the compute in the vehicle, the team were able to monitor the vehicle’s reaction in a dangerous scenario, as seen in the side-by-side videos. Check out the short video clip of this testing in action.
The team will be back at the Nissan plant in Sunderland in Autumn, to continue testing with the StreetDrone vehicle, before moving on to live test with the Terberg logistics vehicle later in the year.
The team consists of: Sunderland City Council, North East Automotive Alliance, StreetDrone, Perform Green, Vantec Coventry University, Newcastle University and Connected Places Catapult, with Nissan, Terberg and Fergusson as contributors.