Self-driving technology features in Tomorrow's World Live: For One Night Only

A self-driving car developed in the UK was featured in the live broadcast of Tomorrow's World Live: For One Night Only

Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) participated in the much-loved science and technology show when it returned to our screens (November 22nd) for a one-off show on BBC Four 15 years after it was last broadcast.

TMETC recently completed a three-year project to develop connected and autonomous vehicle technology, which saw several self-driving vehicles operating on the streets of Coventry and Milton Keynes.

The UK Autodrive project, co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, brought together 15 partners including OEMs, cutting edge engineering businesses, academia and progressive councils to explore the impact of connected and autonomous vehicle technology (CAV), in a safe and controlled setting.

David Hudson, Head of Propulsion at TMETC, said: "We felt privileged to participate in one of the BBC's most celebrated technology programmes and reveal our Tata HEXA autonomous vehicle to a wider audience.

"The UK Autodrive project has been challenging but has enabled TMETC to safely test its CAV technologies in a real-world environment.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate our self-driving technology on live television and we hope it has given viewers an inspiring insight into the future of mobility."

Rajendra Petkar, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors, added: "At Engineering Research Centre (ERC) we have been actively undertaking Research and Development work on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as well as full vehicle autonomy in order to be future ready.

"We are likely to embrace connected, electric and shared technology sooner and therefore it is essential we remain at the forefront of these developments. We are elated to be a part of Tomorrow's World Live: For One Night Only which has provided us with a great platform to showcase our innovation."

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Notes to editors

The UK Autodrive project has helped support the government's Grand Challenge theme around the Future of Mobility which is making the UK a top destination for future investment in CAV research and development.

The programme comes at an exciting time for TMETC, as they prepare to move into the new purpose-built National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), based at University of Warwick alongside Jaguar Land Rover and Warwick Manufacturing Group.

With an investment of £150 million the new centre of excellence will see more than 1,000 industry and academic experts working side by side, on sustainable automotive projects.

Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) is a subsidiary of Tata Motors, created as a UK-based centre of excellence for automotive design and engineering, located at the University of Warwick. TMETC provides research and development principally for Tata Motors but also for selected partners in the automotive industry.

About UK Autodrive

UK Autodrive is the largest of three UK consortia launched to support the introduction of self-driving vehicles into the UK. UK Autodrive brings together leading technology and automotive businesses, forward-thinking local authorities and academic institutions to deliver a major three-year UK trial of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies taking place in Milton Keynes and Coventry. UK Autodrive is jointly funded by government and industry. The competition was delivered by the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK. For further information, see