A report into the value of connected vehicles, including in-vehicle signage, has been published, highlighting the fact that three cars built at the start of the 20th century could be fitted with latest technology.
The project, with the RAC Foundation and overseen by leading consultant Andy Graham of White Willow Consulting, saw the three vehicles drive from London to Brighton in the Veteran Car Run in November.
The three participants took part aiming to show that 121-year-old vehicles can connect with other vehicles and roads infrastructure, allowing them still to use roads in the automated years to come, solve practical challenges of integrating new tech in old vehicles, and learn lessons for all connected vehicles about linking to roads, and how to use data from vehicles.
The report details the initial idea, how it was implemented and the lessons learned. It shows that while autonomy is still in the future, connectivity is here-and-now and if these cars can be connected, any car can be connected, which means the benefits can be quickly realised.
The pathfinder was sponsored by the RAC Foundation with assistance from KL Systems, Eloy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Transport Technology Forum.
(Picture – RAC Foundation, showing the first connected car ever to complete the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run)