About RDM Group

RDM Group, formed in 1993, supplies world class products and engineering services to the automotive industry. We have developed an excellent reputation and track record as a tier 1 supplier for high quality, innovative engineering solutions. RDM supplies some of the world’s largest OEM’s and is TS 16949 accredited and operates to ISO 26262 automotive safety standards.

RDM Group is a wholly owned business operating throughout the Europe, Australia and North America. We can offer clients ground up vehicle design, development and manufacturing services. Our Advanced Engineering Centre supports ambitious new vehicle builds and cutting edge development work on a host of automotive components.

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DESIGN, DEVELOP, MANUFACTURE & SUPPLY

RDM Group has been supplying the automotive industry for more than 24 years, providing critical solutions to a host of OEMs, tier 1 suppliers to the major car manufacturers and niche vehicle providers.

We have developed an excellent reputation for high quality, innovative products and exceptional customer service. Our experience, expertise and flexible approach are the keys to our success.

Our approach is simple and based on design, innovation & world class performance. We are also experts in taking cost and weight out of difficult engineering projects.

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
MANUFACTURE
LOGISTICS
PRODUCTS

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

TRIM AND UPHOLSTERY (VINYL, HIDE AND CARPET)

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  • Full Internal Vehicle Trimming Service
  • Bespoke Trimming
  • Development and Prototype Vehicle Trimming
  • Pattern Generation
  • Panel Substrate Manufacture
  • Flexible Seat Heating Integration
  • Electrical Harnesses


PROTOTYPING AND PRODUCTION

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  • 3D Print Capability
  • 3D Modelling
  • Concepts
  • Functional Prototyping Modelling
  • Injection Mould Tool Design

VEHICLE CONVERSIONS AND BUILD (SVO)

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  • Design and Development
  • Parts Management
  • Testing and Validation
  • Manufacture and Build
  • Customer Bespoke Vehicles / Options

CARBON FIBRE SERVICES

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  • Design and Prototype
  • Full Carbon Fibre Facilities
  • Small and Large Parts Considered
  • Manufacture and Build
  • Customer Bespoke Vehicles / Options

MANUFACTURE

RDM Group manufactures a wide range of products on a bespoke or low volume basis through to high volume supply within our technical manufacturing facilities in Coventry.

We operate to the TS16949 global quality award for the automotive industry, a prerequisite for dealing with many of the world’s car manufacturers.

RDM Group are fully conversant with PPAP, FMEA, IMDS & REACH procedures.

  • Electrical Wiring Harnesses
  • CNC Machining
  • Vehicle Conversion
  • Vacuum Forming
  • Injection Moulded
  • Trim and Upholstery
  • Laser Etching and Engraving
  • Carbon Fibre / Composites Facility
  • 3 axis CNC Router and Engraver
  • Manufacturing ECUs
VALIDATION AND VERIFICATION

RDM Group uses design and process validation tools together with electrical performance testing, vibration, humidity, environmental tests, EMC and type approval to validate production designs.

We also have experience of individual vehicle OEM requirements and techniques, together with specific customer design and validation processes.

LOGISTICS

SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTIC CONSOLIDATION

RDM Group offers a supply chain consolidation service to vehicle OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.

Once instructed, we will operate on behalf of the customer for the entire supply chain for a product or group of products.  This results in significant cost savings through administrative and operating efficiencies with consolidating the sourcing, procurement, scheduling, inventory management and distribution of parts to the track side or to distribution centres.

In addition, one month of stock for all items is held at RDM’s facilities to support any extra call-offs the customers may require.  We support all initial warranty issues and liaise with the supplier for further actions.

For example, one customer uses RDM to manages in excess of 100 components from over 35 suppliers located all over the world.

We would be delighted to discuss in detail your supply chain consolidation and provide a competitive quotation.

PRODUCTS

ELECTRONICS AND INFOTAINMENT

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  • Product Design and Integration
  • Electronic Control Modules (incl. LIN/CAN/MOST)
  • Software Embedded Development
  • Plastic Mouldings
  • Electrical Harnesses
  • Mechanical Fixtures & Fittings

INTERIOR LIGHTING

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  • Mood, Ambient and Multi-Colour LED Lamp Drivers
  • Plastic Mouldings
  • Lighting ECUs (incl. LIN/CAN)
  • Electrical Harnesses
  • Mechanical Fixtures and Fittings
  • OEM Rechargeable Torch

MOBILE APPS

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  • App Development and Interface to Consumer Products
  • Approved Apple IOS Developer
  • Personnel Apps
  • Vehicle Related Apps

EXTERIOR LIGHTING

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  • Lamp Sourcing and Selection
  • Daylight Running and Driving Lamp ECUs (incl. CAN)
  • Plastic Mouldings
  • Electrical Harnesses
  • Mechanical Fixtures and Fixings

VEHICLE ACCESSORIES

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  • Step Control  Module ECUs (incl LIN/CAN)
  • Electrical Harnesses
  • OEM Rechargeable Torch
  • Extension Steps
  • Mechanical Fixtures & Fittings

 

ADVANCED ENGINEERING

RDM Group’s new Advanced Engineering Centre was officially opened in 2014 and provides a dedicated facility to take on ambitious new vehicle builds and cutting-edge development work on a host of automotive components.

A £400,000 investment has fitted out the 20,000 sq ft facility with two state-of-the-art CNC machines, 3 injection moulding machines, a 3-axis router, laser engraver and the latest CAD/CAM software.

We work with customers from the earliest possible development stage and can offer a range of services, from prototyping and electronics, to interior trim and machining.  In recent years, RDM Group’s expert team has also become the partner of choice for a number of automotive manufacturers looking to develop the next generation of vehicles.

ELECTRONICS
SOFTWARE & APPS
ELECTRIC VEHICLES

ELECTRONICS

ELECTRONICS

RDM Group design, develop and supply Electronic Control Units (ECUs) for use in the automotive sector and across other industrial applications. We employ engineers skilled in both ECU hardware and software design together with experience of a wide range of vehicle ECUs.

We also specialise in the redesign of existing ECUs to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Our quality control, customer service, technical support and continual investment, combined with a commitment to reducing costs, make us the right partner for your requirements.

We take on all ECU projects, whether it is a system appraisal or a bespoke turnkey solution.

ELECTRONIC DESIGN

RDM Group offer a complete ECU design service from product specification, circuit and schematic diagrams to component selection, including programmable devices and PCB layout.

This also features prototype ECUs and production part supply, selection of interface connectors, link wiring harnesses, enclosures and any requirements for fixings and brackets.  Continual customer feedback is sought to ensure the product meets the desired specification.

Our range of ECUs completed for customers is vast and includes very simple units, right through to highly complex body controllers. We specialise in CAN based systems and the latest communication technology… for example GPRS, GSM, GPS and bluetooth.  Special requirements for EMC and high performance ECU parts can also be accommodated.

RDM Group is an Infineon Technologies Preferred Design House for Infineon semiconductor products, such as AURIX™ microcontrollers.

SOFTWARE & APPS

SOFTWARE & APPS

RDM Group offers design and development for mobile applications to interface to consumer products.  

RDM Group is an approved Apple iOS developer giving us the ability to develop apps that can be used for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad using Apples Software Development Kit.   We can also develop android applications.

Our background in the automotive sector provides us with the expertise and knowledge for the development of apps to enhance the entire vehicle ownership experience.

CASE STUDY  – EV BLUE IPAD CAR
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Working in collaboration with Potenza Technology and Warwick Control Technologies to drastically reduce the vast amounts of wiring, switches and other components required within a vehicle for display of information, such as speed, battery/fuel level and journey distance.   It also covers non-critical systems including heating, ventilation, lighting and in-car entertainment.

The project utilises an Apple iPad to control vehicle functions and provide feedback to the driver. The vehicle components (such as the headlamps) are individual radio frequency connected ECUs controlled by the iPad.

The 6-month project produced a working demonstrator electric vehicle (EV) with only the iPad, brake pedal, throttle pedal and steering wheel.

The aims were to:

  • simplify electrical systems
  • reduce weight within the vehicle
  • provide high levels of configurability
  • to remove the reliance upon carry over of OEM systems for electric vehicle applications.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

RDM Group is playing a leading role in the development of next generation, low carbon, zero emission vehicles.

We have been involved and continue to be involved in projects to deliver both electric and hydrogen powered vehicles thanks to our ability to offer a one-stop shop for electrical systems, drive train systems and fuel cell interface.

In addition, we have the facilities to support manufacturing, including the wiring systems and control electronics to support vehicle builds and conversions.

 

CASE STUDY  –  LAND ROVER DEFENDER LEOPARD II PROJECT

The project vehicle is a Landrover Defender that is aimed primarily at safari game viewers & theme park usage.  It is capable for off-road use but can be used on road for short range work.

The installation of a 300V electric drive train was challenging, and was completed on time to support Land Rover at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013.

In stage one, a total of seven vehicles were completed and full parts and process documentation undertaken.

The vehicle is propelled by a 70KW 330Nm switched reluctance drive motor. The battery is a passively cooled Li Fe (lithium Iron) P04 27KW/hour 300 volt assembly mounted in what used to be the engine compartment

The SR motor is located in the transmission tunnel area and connected via a bespoke drive coupling assembly to drive directly into the standard vehicle transfer box.

A CAN based system control ECU looks after the interaction and operation of the drive motor, battery and driver controls. There is also a separate watchdog ECU that monitors critical systems  and has the ability to shutdown the drive of the vehicle in the unlikely event of

 

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

INTRODUCTION
LUTZ
UK AUTODRIVE

INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

Our passion for innovation and pushing the boundaries of technology has seen us lead the way in the production of autonomous vehicles within the L-SATS (Low-Speed Autonomous Transport System) sector.

Specialist designers, engineers and electronic experts are currently working on delivering the UK’s first driverless vehicles that can be used on public pavements, streets and on private land.

This will enable future driving to be free from fuel, emissions, accidents and opens up new transport opportunities for local authorities plagued by congestion issues.

These striking pods can also be customised to house more passengers and suit other applications, including:

  • Airports
  • Eco towns & villages
  • Golf courses
  • Heritage sites
  • Holiday parks
  • Shopping centres
  • Smart cities
  • University campuses

RDM can work with project partners, from initial design and prototyping, through to testing and assembly.

Our Advanced Engineering Centre in Coventry is also capable of small to medium volume production.

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LUTZ

LUTZ

We had the eyes of the world media on us recently when we unveiled a major UK transport breakthrough in Greenwich, London.

Directors and engineers from the business travelled down to the Capital to join Ministers, The Transport Systems Catapult and other partners to showcase the first driverless pod for use in The “LUTZ” Pathfinder L-SATS project.

Electric powered, the vehicle can seat two people, will travel at a maximum speed of 15mph and boasts a range of 40 miles. It uses sensor and navigation technology provided by the University of Oxford’s Mobile Robotics Group.

The build of the first prototype took just 10 months to complete and involved ten specialist engineers at RDM. Three pods were built and trialed on the pavements of Milton Keynes during 2016.

Naturally, safety is the number one factor and this is reflected in the implementation of up to 19 different types of sensors, cameras, lasers, radars and LIDAR’s.

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UK AUTODRIVE

UK AUTODRIVE

Building on our involvement in the “LUTZ” pathfinder project, we have been invited to take part in UK Autodrive, a consortium of local authorities, academic institutions and advanced engineering businesses.

The aim of the £19.2m project is to establish the UK as a global hub for the development of autonomous vehicle L-SATS technologies and to integrate driverless vehicles into existing urban environments by trialing them in two major UK cities.

Not only will the programme help develop the new protocols and connected infrastructure required to deliver future autonomous mobility, it will allow the UK Autodrive team to test public reaction to both driverless cars and self-driving pods.

RDM will be responsible for developing up to 40 driverless pods (similar to the Lutz pods) for a series of trials in Milton Keynes with a couple of guest visit trials in Coventry.

There are 15 consortium partners including:

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Videos

UK Autodrive driverless pod testing in Milton Keynes

UK Autodrive driverless pod testing in Milton Keynes

RDM DRIVERLESS POD VIDEO

RDM DRIVERLESS POD VIDEO

DRIVERLESS CAR SIMULATOR AT WMG

DRIVERLESS CAR SIMULATOR AT WMG

UKAD LIVERIED MK TRAIN STATION VIRTUAL VIDEO

UKAD LIVERIED MK TRAIN STATION VIRTUAL VIDEO

LAUNCH OF UK’s FIRST DRIVERLESS POD

LAUNCH OF UK’s FIRST DRIVERLESS POD

FULL VIDEO FOR RDM

FULL VIDEO FOR RDM

 

Our Latest Posts

RDM SWARMs forward with new driverless vehicle technology

RDM SWARMs forward with new driverless vehicle technology

May 20 2017

Technology inspired by ‘Mother Nature’ is being developed to help manage fleets of driverless Pods. RDM Group has joined forces with WMG…

RDM to lead driverless vehicle study to unlock congestion in Cambridge

RDM to lead driverless vehicle study to unlock congestion in Cambridge

May 09 2017

RDM Group has secured funding to lead a project that is looking to alleviate congestion in one of the UK’s fastest growing…

RDM Group brings its autonomous vehicle expertise to the US

RDM Group brings its autonomous vehicle expertise to the US

Apr 25 2017

RDM Group’s international expansion has gathered pace this week with news that it has signed a collaborative agreement with one of the…

UK autonomous vehicle specialist lands	$1million	grant to boost	Australian expansion

UK autonomous vehicle specialist lands $1million grant to boost Australian expansion

Mar 22 2017

Leading UK autonomous vehicle designer and manufacturer RDM Group will use a $1 million South Australian Government grant to proceed with local…

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Partners

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ADVI, is the peak industry advisory body that services the wide ecosystem of automated vehicle activities across Australia and New Zealand.

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 ARUP, is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London which provides engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment.

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 Transport Systems Catapult, is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world.

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Coventry University, is a public research university in the city of Coventry, England

Infineon, focuses on the three central challenges facing modern society, energy efficiency, mobility and security.  It offers semiconductors and system solutions for automotive, industrial electronics and chip card and security applications.

WMG, part of the University of Warwick, provides innovative solutions to industry, through research, education and collaboration.

Contact Us

RDM GROUP UK

RDM HOUSE, BILTON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, HUMBER AVENUE, COVENTRY, CV3 1JL. UK

0044 (0)24 7663 5818 
 ask@rdmgroup.co.uk 

 

 

RDM GROUP AUSTRALIA

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY, 1284 SOUTH ROAD, CLOVELLY PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, 5042

61 (0)419 474 474 
rvanderlee@rdmgroup.co.uk

 

 

RDM GROUP USA

10370 RICHMOND AVENUE, SUITE 475, HOUSTON , TX, 77042, USA

00 1 717-503-7777
dsparks@rdmgroup.co.uk

 

 

 

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