Oxbotica Completes Zero-Occupancy Autonomous Vehicle Journey On-Road in European First.
Oxbotica says it has completed the first safe and sustainable deployment of a zero-occupancy, fully autonomous, new-type electric vehicle on publicly accessible roads in Europe. The all-electric AppliedEV vehicle, driven by Oxbotica, is operating in Oxford with no onboard driver, marking the next step in the Company commercialising AV technology. The target for the first public on-road business deployment with Ocado Group, with a goods delivery variant, completing customer orders will be from 2023 onwards.
Oxbotica will also now accelerate the commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles globally. Working with partners, such as ZF, bp and NEVS, it will enable autonomous passenger shuttles and industry-specific platforms, all driven by Oxbotica’s core product: Oxbotica Driver.
Oxbotica Driver uses a combination of radar vision and laser-based sensors to provide the vehicle with a rich understanding of its surroundings, with multiple AI continuously checking and explaining decisions. This process is a foundational requirement for the safe deployment of zero-occupancy autonomous vehicles and underpins the development of innovative insurance solutions for the future of transportation.
Paul Newman, Oxbotica founder & CTO, said: “Oxbotica is changing how people and goods move. Our goal is to be indistinguishable from perfect on safety, and this achievement alongside our partners is proof of that.”
The Company collaborated with the broader autonomous vehicle ecosystem to ensure the trial was conducted in line with the UK Code of Practice 2019, BSI PAS 1881:2020 and PAS 1883:2020.
This follows two years of extensive trials by Oxbotica to define its robust safety case and develop its system architecture in both off and on-road operations across the UK, Europe and North America.
It is also a significant milestone for the insurance market and the development of insurance solutions for autonomous vehicles as part of the UK’s evolving mobility network. The insurance programme, arranged by broker Marsh and created by Apollo Group’s ibott initiative through its MGA in partnership in the UK with insurer Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe, is the first of its kind in the UK and is tailored specifically for the risks associated with L4 autonomy on open roads.
Gavin Jackson, Oxbotica CEO, concluded: “Autonomous vehicles will create billions of pounds in new revenues and generate thousands of high-skilled jobs, while helping cities and businesses meet their targets for carbon reductions. Our zero-occupancy, all-electric, fully autonomous prototype is exactly the new-type vehicle that will form the mainstay of the transportation industry for decades to come.”