International commercial vehicle development centre opened

JonathanJune 30, 2011

A new facility has been opened in the west Midlands that will be used to test commercial vehicles, including lease cars.

The project has been made possible through £10 million of government funding.

The innovITS ADVANCE facility will allow improvements to be made to the safety and sustainability of future road transportation.

A virtual city has been created at the new facility to replicate the challenges inner-city driving poses to car leasing customers.

The city network is equipped with roadside architecture, which can mimic urban cities around the world to enable innovative products to be tested.

David Pearson, chairman of innovITS, said: “The launch of innovITS ADVANCE marks a highly significant milestone for the advancement of sustainability in road transportation.

“It will facilitate the development of ITS products and services aimed at delivering benefits ranging from the more efficient use of road space to increased safety through the mitigation or avoidance of road traffic collisions.”

innovITS was set up by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in 2005 with the objective of achieving a world-class position for the UK intelligent transport systems industry.

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