DRIVEN, a UK-based research project into CAVs, gave a week-long demonstration with a fleet of self-driving vehicles around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The vehicles are powered by Oxbotica’s autonomous software.
The program, which is partly funded by the UK government, investigates the entire autonomous vehicle ‘ecosystem’, involving local authority planning, insurance, cybersecurity, and data trading experts.
DRIVEN program director and Oxbotica senior vice president, external affairs, Dr Graeme Smith, said, “The completion of the DRIVEN project marks a significant milestone for the future of autonomous vehicles in the UK. Establishing Britain as a world leader for innovative technologies has been at the heart of our mission and we’re incredibly proud of the steps we have taken to help make AVs a reality on our roads.”
Minister of state at the Department for Transport, George Freeman MP, said, “Self-driving technology has the scope to revolutionize the way people travel, with potentially profound benefits for road safety, accessibility and convenience. We want to drive the roll-out of self-driving vehicles and continue to support innovators developing this groundbreaking technology. The success of trials like project DRIVEN underpin our future of mobility: urban strategy, highlighting our ongoing support for innovation, research and the trialling of exciting new technology that cements our position as a global leader in this space.”