Horiba Mira, a world-leader in advanced engineering, research and product testing is to partner with Vodafone to bring 5G to its Nuneaton HQ.

Vodafone will build a 5G mobile private network on the secure, 850 acre technology park which will allow vehicles to communicate with each other and surrounding infrastructure, such as traffic signals.

The company says this marks a major milestone for developing connected vehicles by creating ‘vehicle networks’ as 5G connectivity capability is a game changer to the safety, efficiency and convenience of driverless vehicles

Chris Reeves, Head of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies at Horiba Mira, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Vodafone in bringing 5G to our Nuneaton headquarters, which, working alongside automakers around the world over the last decade, puts us at the forefront of developing and verifying cutting-edge driverless technologies.

“As the self-driving industry transitions from developing standalone autonomous vehicles, to delivering self-driving vehicles that can communicate with each other and the surrounding infrastructure, having access to Vodafone’s 5G technology is a huge boost for the sector as a whole. It will enable us to work and collaborate with the industry’s biggest players to ensure their technologies are safe, robust, convenient and efficient to hit our roads in the near future.”

Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone UK, said: “Our 5G technology makes self-driving vehicles on our roads not just a possibility, but a reality. This mobile private network will play a huge role in supporting Horiba Mira’s work on the development and testing of driverless technologies.”

The news follows the recent announcement that Vodafone has partnered with autonomous vehicle consortium, Midlands Future Mobility, to deploy 5G on more than 300 miles of key test routes in the West Midlands. Midlands Future Mobility is backed by a consortium of organisations, including WMG at the University of Warwick, HORIBA MIRA, AVL, Transport for West Midlands, Costain, Amey, Wireless Infrastructure Group, Coventry University and Highways England.

Horiba Mira is an independent vehicle engineering and development consultancy which grew out of the the government funded, Motor Industry Research Association which was established after World War II.

The company now collaborates with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers around the world, offering services from individual product tests to engineering design, development and build programmes. Horiba Mira has installed 40 major test facilities, 100km of specialised proving ground at its impressive Nuneaton HQ.