Welcome to CAVWAY
This website gives details of the proposed development at Oakley Airfield for the development & testing of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles. It is intended as both an aid for the local community but also to provide early information of our exciting plans for the CAVWAY site to potential future customers.
The planning application with the ID 20/02090/APP has been validated by Buckinghamshire Council. It is hoped that this will be approved by mid-December.
We have developed this promotional video to better explain our plans for the CAVWAY proving ground.
What is CAVWAY?
CAVWAY is a test site for the automotive and mobility industries part-funded by the UK government to aid the development and testing of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs).
It will be used by a variety of automotive & technology companies to test and verify their new ideas in particular related to the Grand Challenges described in the Government's Industrial Strategy policy paper. CAVWAY may find itself being used to meet any or all of those challenges, for example, to improve the future of mobility or help with an ageing society as well as promoting clean growth through the reduction of energy consumption. The site may also be used to certify vehicles against new and emerging safety standards in related areas; for example lane-keeping or emergency braking regulations.
There are six sites throughout the country, part-funded by the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, and each site emphasises different aspects of technology in different environments.
The site at Oakley is intended to provide a fully controlled environment concentrating on Highway Intersections. The six sites are collectively known as CAM TestBed UK and are managed by Zenzic. Together we help the UK automotive industry to compete in this rapidly changing world.
CAM TestBed UK also allows the UK to attract inward investment as a recognised centre for high technology skills and businesses.
What will happen to the airfield?
We plan to add various roads on and around some of the existing runways as shown on the Google Earth image. These will create several configurations of two and three-lane highway junctions as well as an area where any specific road crossing can be re-created, complete with traffic lights or roundabouts.
CAVWAY will only use the eastern half of the airfield. The western half will not be affected at all. We will add a single storey office building and an equipment storage building near the current hangar building. We plan to use the existing Hangar entrance to the airfield and so there will be no changes at all to the local road network. In fact, very few (if any) of the changes will be visible outside the airfield.
The video shows how the site might look 10 years from now.
CAVWAY use cases
CAVWAY is a connected and autonomous vehicle test facility designed and operated by IDIADA, that includes every type of road junction within a controlled, connected environment.
CAVWAY will be able to mimic various aspects of the real world, but by doing this behind closed doors in a carefully controlled way, we will aid in the early product development of some exciting, novel technologies. We fully anticipate that some of these ideas may never come to fruition. The videos below show a selection of automated technologies under test, any one of which could be carried out at CAVWAY in the future. We just don’t know what lies around the corner.
Multi-Car Collision Avoidance
Advanced Driver Assistance – Emergency Braking Standards
Driverless Automated Taxi