O2 and the European Space Agency (ESA) will be supporting ‘Project Darwin’, a four year trial programme designed to pave the way for next generation connectivity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

The project aims to test new technology and end-to-end connectivity solutions including 5G and satellite communications to ultimately create a new CAV industry vertical.

Based in the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, ‘Project Darwin’ will bring together Oxford and Glasgow Universities, Spanish satellite operator Hispasat and Darwin Innovation Group Oxford.

From July 2019 the high-level design and definition phase will begin at Harwell to explore key connected vehicle and Vehicle-SIM platforms as well as AI neural network integration. From 2020 the project hopes to be in position to showcase the first ‘proof of concepts’.

As part of Project Darwin, an ARTES ‘Partner Study’ programme will be conducted with UK government support (first phase €2.2M) to help define all the different elements needed to deliver the larger programme.