Cutting-edge tech projects in partnership with Midlands uni partners awarded £4.4M+
Government grants exceeding £50 million are driving innovation in various sectors, including hydrogen tractors, autonomous vehicles and advanced automotive sensors. Among these initiatives, self-driving startup Wayve and its University of Warwick partner have secured £1.9M in funding to enhance autonomous vehicle safety.
Minister for Industry and Economic Security, Nusrat Ghani, highlighted the UK automotive sector’s leadership in adopting groundbreaking technologies, emphasising their potential to stimulate job creation and economic growth, while accelerating progress towards the UK achieving net-zero emissions.
The University of Warwick’s Wayve project is just one initiative across the Midlands that is seeking to contribute cutting-edge manufacturing technology initiatives to work towards that goal. It is currently developing methods to evidence the safety of AI in self-driving technology, to ensure self-driving capabilities are safe.
The Faraday Institution is allocating £19 million to support four battery projects, while Innovate UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge is disbursing £3.2 million among three esteemed universities: Coventry University is set to receive £700,000, while University College Birmingham and Newcastle University will each get a share of £2.5M to run the Battery Workforce Training Initiative in their local areas.