- Total project value: £4,851,780
- DCMS funding: £2,422,370
- Project location: North East
Nissan, Sunderland Council, the North East Motor Manufacturers Group and Three will deliver 5G-connected, autonomous 40-tonne trucks to distribute parts and assemblies across the Nissan plant, linking to many local SMEs in their supply chain. As with 5G FoF, this is about driving operational efficiencies and improving productivity. Their vision is to develop a globally unique centre of excellence and operational test facility for CAL at the Nissan Sunderland site.
Paul Butler, Chief Executive of the North East Automotive Alliance, said:
Automated last mile logistics is one of the major innovation challenges, this is especially true in the automotive sector with its synchronous and highly complexed supply chains. This project will prove last mile delivery for an autonomous HGV, the 5G will uniquely enable the removal of the safety driver from the process, allowing remote teleoperations to overcome abnormal situations. Through our industrial base and the unique assets of our road transport sector the North East offers a globally unique location to support the design, development and manufacture of Connected and Automated Logistics solutions. This project represents a major opportunity to support and accelerate economic growth, creating an exemplar that will encourage further private and public sector investment.
5G Connected Automotive Logistics is based in the North East. Through 5G we will demonstrate the key features for successful CAL deployment – the safe and secure operation and handover of the CAV from autonomous mode to remote manual operation (teleoperation) and vice versa, when a situation outside of the autonomous logic of the vehicle arises. This is considered a crucial demonstration of the capabilities of 5G and CAL, and critical for their operation in potential emergency situations, and, it is believed, will represent a world-first innovation.
Organisations participating in this project
GovernmentSunderland City Council provides leadership for the city of Sunderland and surrounding metropolitan borough, with dedicated services to support residents and local businesses. Learn more...
Three launched in 2003 as the UK’s first 3G only network, laying its foundations as the network that was born to be different. Learn more...
Nissan continues its quest to optimise product development and deliver highly innovative technology Learn more...
Manufacturing & Automation, Transport & LogisticsThe North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is an industry-led cluster group, established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the sector in the North East of England. Learn more...