Atkins is the lead partner of the FLOURISH consortium providing project co-ordination, delivery and intelligent mobility expertise.

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,300 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. 

At Atkins we combine our best in-class expertise and diverse experience from across the many sectors in which we operate to provide truly innovative solutions to our clients’ challenges. 

Age UK will work with older people to ensure that their needs and experience are incorporated in the results of the FLOURISH programme.

Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping all eleven million older people make the most of later life. The work and support it provides includes Information and Advice, campaigns and research, as well as a raft of practical programmes. Last year, the Age UK network touched the lives of an estimated 7 million people – older people themselves, as well as their families and carers. 

Airbus Group Innovations will offer its expertise in the technology areas of Model-based System Engineering, Cyber Security, Human-Machine Interfaces, Human State Monitoring, and Data Fusion‎.

Airbus Group Innovations' mission is to identify value-creating technology that can be of service to the Group’s divisions and potentially external customers too. Across AGI’s many locations, teams are organised into transnational innovation centres, covering topics such as composite materials, energy and propulsion, and intelligent production systems. Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters are both customers and partners to AGI. AGI’s role is to think long term, whereas the Business Units focus is obviously more on short-term delivery of products. Its key markets are Government, Defence, Aeronautics, Critical Infrastructure and Commercial. 

AXA will provide risk analysis and specifically look at the insurance implications associated with the cyber security of connected autonomous vehicles, as well as the liability aspect of system failure/hacking and data collection/storage.

AXA UK is part of the AXA Group, a worldwide leader in financial services. AXA operates in 64 countries with over 165,000 employees and 103 million customers with around 1.5 million motor insurance policies across its businesses. 

AXA has established an internal working group on driverless vehicles which comprises underwriting, claims, regulatory, public affairs, and external communications expertise and is currently involved in three of the UK trials.

Bristol City Council is providing FLOURISH with access to public roads and local road network intelligence.

Bristol City Council is led by Mayor Marvin Rees. With a population of over 400,000 the city is the 10th largest city in the UK and is one of the ten ‘Core Cities’. Bristol has made a clear commitment to create a world-class and inclusive green economy. It aims to use smart technologies and digital connectivity to meet the city’s environmental, social and economic challenges and opportunities. 

Designability will work closely with other partners to ensure the needs of service users are met in the delivery of a best practice HMI design for older adults.

Designability are a research and product development charity with a passion for developing life-changing assistive technologies to enhance the lives of people living with disabilities and long term health conditions. Designability advocate a human centred design approach, working closely with end users and wider stakeholders to ensure products meet real unmet needs and are usable, desirable and viable. Designability's multidisciplinary team includes experts in design, engineering, user interaction, community healthcare and technology. The team has a strong research track record, with funding from a range of bodies, including both EU and UK Research Councils and the National Institute of Health Research. 

Dynniq is leading the physical trialling activities, including connectivity testing in the car trials, and building on its cooperative technology to meet security and performance standards being developed through the project.

Dynniq is a leading provider of intelligent transport systems and services. We work with local and national highways authorities to manage traffic networks, specialising in solutions to tackle congestion and reduce the environmental impact of traffic. Building on our existing technology portfolio and expertise in cooperative vehicle-to-infrastructure systems, FLOURISH is enabling us to enhance the insight and tools available to traffic managers, allowing them to influence the behaviour of CAVs on their network. The ultimate aim is to improve the means at their disposal to achieve collective goals of safety, efficient journey times, and roadspace that works for everyone. 

Traverse is seeking to understand the needs and experiences of older people and those with specific mobility needs, with respect to the human machine interface in a CAV through the engagement of stakeholders and the public at different stages of the FLOURISH project.

Traverse is an independent employee-owned research and consultancy organisation which supports and champion the delivery of social impact, and help people have a say in the decisions that affect them.

Traverse work with public, private and third sector organisations – as well as service users and communities – to deliver services including: research and insight, evaluation and impact analysis, consultation and engagement, coaching, mentoring and facilitation, and organisational development and change. We were established in 1989 as the UK’s first employee-owned ‘public interest’ company. Our commitment to ownership and social value runs through all of the work we do.

React AI are providing AI software for on-board sensor-fusion, real-time autonomous control of the CAV and predictive analytics related to traffic networks.

React AI is a technology startup developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manage hardware in the physical world. Our software enables real-time interactive machine learning. The React AI software is simple to use, simple to deploy and simple to adapt. We get machine learning running on autonomous vehicles and other hardware where large sensor arrays stream data while in operation. Our software automatically builds a time-based model of the world, so it can predict future actions, and can optimise for goals without having to manually label all the data.

This contribution to the Flourish grant significantly advances the consortium towards self-driving capabilities and traffic network analysis, and provides an ideal opportunity to further develop cutting-edge machine learning capabilities.

South Gloucestershire Council provides access to public roads and local road network intelligence.

Situated north of Bristol and west of Bath, South Gloucestershire boasts excellent transport links, a cluster of hi-tech and aerospace industries and an open approach to innovation, technology and collaboration. Working with partners across the West of England and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), we continue to be part of successful collaborative partnerships delivering infrastructure and economic development. Our Digital Infrastructure & Connectivity strategy will stimulate economic growth by providing businesses based in the area with access to world-class, future-proof digital connectivity, thereby giving opportunities to create new products, markets and business opportunities.

For FLOURISH, the TSC is developing, with consortium partners, an advanced adaptable Human Machine Interface (HMI) and implementing this HMI into both a pod-based simulator and a dynamic pod. The TSC is also providing the use of a pod equipped with a range of automated vehicle sensors and designing a flexible pod-interior mock-up that allows a wide range of simulated user trials to be conducted.

The Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility (IM). The TSC supports and enables organisations to harness emerging technologies, developing new products and services to capitalise on this rapidly growing global market.

The Automated Transport Systems (ATS) unit focuses on transport opportunities related to passenger and freight, in road, rail, air and marine, that can benefit from increasing levels of automation and connectivity. 

The role of Aimsun in the FLOURISH project is to assemble a simulation test environment in Aimsun traffic modelling software to assess different automated vehicle implementation scenarios.

Aimsun develops and markets the integrated Aimsun transport modelling software and Aimsun Online, the market’s only simulation-based solution for real-time traffic management. The latest Aimsun research and development activities include uTRAQ (ESA-funded on-line emissions prediction and management) and SETA (an H2020-funded study of the application of big data to traffic management) as well as cutting-edge collaborations with TfL, MIT, Berkeley and the EU-JRC.

The University of Bristol provides V2X communications expertise.

The Communications Systems and Networks (CSN) Group at the University of Bristol combines fundamental academic research with a strong level of industrial application in the area of wireless communications. The Group has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment and first-class computational facilities. Our work on vehicular communications includes a First Great Western funded project on future high speed internet connectivity and a Jaguar Land Rover funded project on V2X Communications. CSN has been involved in a number of Innovate UK projects such as ARKive In Your Pocket (AIYP) and VENTURER autonomous cars. 

UWE is assessing user needs and experience of CAVs, and the findings will help to shape and inform the CAV developments undertaken by the FLOURISH partners, working to improve connectivity and mobility for older people in the future.

The University of the West of England has a multidisciplinary team comprising the Psychological Sciences Research Group (PSRG), Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) and Centre for Transport and Society (CTS). PSRG will focus on understanding optimum human-factors design of in-CAV interfaces resulting in safe, intuitive interaction, testing people in simulated and ‘real-life’ CAV scenarios. Coming from a background in assistive robotics, BRL will consider how adaptive interfaces offer flexibility for a range of ageing-related accessibility needs. CTS will investigate older travellers’ expectations of CAVs, and their experience of test journeys. The UWE team will also consider needs and experience of traffic management professionals engaging with novel data streams from the CAVs.

BRL will be contributing their expertise in designing intelligent and autonomous technology and interfaces for older adults with ageing-related impairments.

Bristol Robotics Laboratory is the most comprehensive academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK, an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence. It is a collaborative partnership between the Universities of the West of England and Bristol, with 100 academics and industry practitioners, working on all areas of robotics and autonomous systems and in verifying and validating correct appropriate behaviour of software systems operating under normal, fault and cyber-attack circumstances.

Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value, providing FLOURISH with input on legal and regulatory matters.

Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. Our collaborative culture and transport sector strength allows us to bring our cross-modal experience to solving issues for our clients. We advise in a range of legal areas including connected and autonomous vehicles / driverless cars; smart infrastructure and new technology; data protection and cyber security; road infrastructure and construction; joint ventures and project delivery. 

Cardiff University is working closely with UWE-Bristol on understanding optimum human-factors design of in-CAV interfaces resulting in safe, intuitive interactions, and testing people in simulated and ‘real-life’ CAV scenarios. They are also involved in the work considering needs and experience of traffic management professionals engaging with novel data streams from the CAVs.

Cardiff University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group with a history of and continued world leading excellence in research (outputs, impact, and environment), teaching & learning, and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. The School of Psychology is ranked 2nd in the UK for overall research profile (REF, 2014) and is one of the largest (>130 academic and research staff, > 115 PGR students) and most well regarded psychology departments within the UK and globally. Dr Phillip Morgan (Cognitive Science and Human Factors) is the main academic at Cardiff University working on Flourish. He is Co-Director of the Human Factors Excellence (HuFEx) group, and member of the Human Factors Technology Centre, and, Transport Futures network.

"Empowerment through trusted secure mobility"

FLOURISH was a multi-sector collaboration that helped to advance the successful implementation of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in the UK, by developing services and capabilities that link user needs and system requirements, maximising the benefits of CAVs for users and transport authorities. The three-year project was worth £5.5 million and was co-funded between industry and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). It was delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. It was part of the government’s £100 million Intelligent Mobility Fund, supporting the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge.

FLOURISH adopted a user-focused approach to best understand consumer expectations of CAV technology. The project explored how this technology can be harnessed to enhance and enable mobility for older adults and those with mobility-related needs, contributing to the development of a stronger and more inclusive society. Participants were involved through workshops, and simulator and pod trials.

The project considered the technology required to deliver these user benefits. The FLOURISH car trials focused on the optimum conditions for the effective wireless transfer of data between vehicles and with the roadside infrastructure. This development will enable the future real-time communication of journey information to users, allowing them to make ‘on the move’ choices about their travel.

FLOURISH also examined how innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence can be used to model a networked environment which responds immediately to any changes in traffic flow. These learnings from FLOURISH will enable the operation of CAVs at network level and the optimisation of regional traffic management systems, delivering further benefits for users.

Safety is fundamental to user trust levels of CAVs. By investigating resilient and secure communications, FLOURISH is providing a road map for the cyber secure integration of CAVs within our transport infrastructure. FLOURISH also promoted trust in CAVs by extending the position of the West of England as a centre of excellence for the safe trialling of CAVs.

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