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News – UK Autodrive & UK Government Driverless Car Announcement.

On 11th February 2015 the Chancellor announced that UK Autodrive, a consortium of forward thinking local authorities, the UK’s leading technology and automotive businesses and academic institutions, has won the UK Government’s £10m ‘Introducing Driverless Cars’ competition.

Prof. Paul Newman on the UK Autodrive announcement:

‘We’re delighted that the UK Autodrive pods will be driven by pioneering Oxford University technology that will enable them to navigate autonomously and understand the world around them. UK Autodrive is a fabulous opportunity to explore key pressing challenges in autonomous vehicle development: low cost and safe perception for vehicles which operate for and beside people in our cities. This programme will further advance the UK’s position in autonomous vehicle research and we are thrilled to be part of it.’ 

Also on 11th February, The Department for Transport (DfT) published a review of Driverless Car Regulations.   Transport minister, Claire Perry, states “We are setting out the best possible framework to support the testing of automated vehicles, to encourage the largest global businesses to come to the UK to develop and test their technologies.” 

Find out more about the UK Autodrive and LUTZ projects here:
 
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  MRG, with the support of Oxbotica, is developing the autonomy system to drive Autonomous Pods as part of the UK Autodrive Consortium. On this page you can see some of the material we have released to support this endeavour. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and the Transport Systems Catapult have recently announced a major project (LUTZ) which will see autonomous pods operating in Milton Keynes. MRG will develop the complete autonomy system for the pods using our navigation, perception and planning techniques. The project will address the key challenge of how to increase mobility by demonstrating the potential for effective and cost-efficient movement of people in a city. About the project Partners ...
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The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) is all about Mobile Autonomy. The group was founded in 2003  and is lead by Professor Paul Newman and  Professor Ingmar Posner. We are a vibrant and innovative research team.  We research many aspects of mobile autonomy with a particular emphasis on navigation, perception and understanding of large workspaces.  We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a prestigious £5M EPSRC Programme Grant which will further accelerate our research into land based mobile autonomy.

You can read about some of the platforms we run on the Applications page. You might be interested in two of our major projects : Self Driving Cars and Autonomous Pods in Milton Keynes.

In 2014 a spin-out company called Oxbotica was launched to drive commercialisation and cross domain impact  of our work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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