The Coventry-based autonomous vehicle technology solutions company Aurrigo has been awarded a €275,820 (approx £240,000) grant from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology for its participation in the Living Lab for Autonomous Public Transport Project.
The project sees Aurrigo’s Auto-Shuttle autonomous passenger transport vehicle running in Prague, Brno and Milton Keynes, initially with a safety driver on board, while transitioning towards the goal of remote supervision.
University College London is the academic partner for this project which aims to build trust in autonomous driving, through a robust international safety framework as well as promoting user acceptance, in close collaboration with citizens, cities, transport operators, industry, and policy makers.
By working with multiple cities across two countries, the participants say they will gain a varied experience from different street layouts, road conditions and public attitudes to autonomous technology. It will also examine potential integration with trip planning applications used in those cities.
“This project is an exciting opportunity to bring autonomous public transport to European cities,” explained David Keene, CEO of Aurrigo. “Testing Auto-Shuttle’s capabilities in challenging environments such as the cobbled streets of Prague will be a great demonstration of the capabilities of our autonomous technology.”
(Picture – Aurrigo)