CAVstar® – Automotive sensing and control system

CAVstar control system

Fusion’s CAVstar range of products form the ‘brains’ of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). They provide all-round situational awareness plus vehicle control, working effectively even in the most challenging conditions. CAVstar units have already been used as vehicle control systems in several high-profile autonomous vehicle projects, including buses, pods, trucks and off-road vehicles.

Enabling driverless vehicles

Autonomous or ‘driverless’ vehicles are rapidly becoming a reality. They have the potential to greatly improve mobility by offering safer and more efficient means of transport that are available to more people.

The most challenging elements within autonomous vehicles are the sensors and software that provide situational awareness and enable decision-making. Our team is highly experienced in designing automotive sensing and control systems that provide efficient path planning and high-level control. Together, these ensure vehicles can run effectively and safely in all conditions.

How CAVstar works

CAVstar comprises modular sensing and processor units. These can be tailored to individual vehicle and operating requirements.

CAVstar uses a range of sensor technologies including radar, LIDAR, ultrasonics and optical cameras. These are combined with high-performance processing units running Fusion’s proprietary algorithms. Together, these enable CAVstar systems to provide 360° situational awareness and vehicle control functions in all weathers and on any terrain.

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CAVstar projects

CAVstar has been utilised in a range of projects including:

  • full sized autonomous bus – live depot trial
  • the GATEway Project
  • Venturer Wildcat
  • HelmUK HGV platooning trial

Autonomous bus in world’s first live depot trial

Fusion has been working with Stagecoach Group Plc and bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd to develop the UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus. After development runs at Millbrook to fine-tune the sensors and control systems, the bus was put through its paces at Stagecoach’s busy Sharston depot. There, it drove a loop around the premises and negotiated the bus wash with millimetre accuracy.
It offers improved safety and efficiencies to bus companies. Locations such as the bus wash and fuelling stations can be selected at the touch of a button.

See the Stagecoach bus in action:

GATEway project

The GATEway Project was the UK’s largest autonomous vehicle trial that saw 1,500 members of the public use a hop-on, hop-off service of four pods operating along a 5km route in Greenwich, UK. Our CAVstar system was used to control the GATEway Project pods.

Watch the GATEway pods being trialled:


HelmUK platooning trial

Fusion Processing Ltd is taking part in the HelmUK Advanced Platooning Trial, the first real-world operational trial of platooning vehicles on UK roads. A bespoke version of Fusion Processing’s CAVstar® system will be used as part of the trial in which cutting-edge technology will enable three DAF Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) to travel safely in close proximity, at speed, with the lead driver controlling the speed, acceleration and breaking of the whole ‘platoon’. Use of platooning has the potential to greatly increase fuel efficiency, reduce carbon emissions for trucks and improve safety.

Venturer Wildcat

The fully-autonomous Venturer Wildcat vehicle is designed for both on-road and off-road use. We provided the situational awareness system for the Venturer, which serves as a platform for technology development, and for studies concerning public acceptance of driverless vehicles.

Venturer successfully completed its trials in 2018, and the final report and film were released via the Venturer website.

Contact us

Get in touch to find out how CAVstar could work in your project or to ask us about connected and autonomous vehicle control.