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August 2016

100km of autonomous driving completed in Greenwich

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Oxbotica’s Selenium autonomy software has successfully completed 100km of autonomous driving in Greenwich, ahead of GATEway driverless vehicle trials later this year.

The milestone was completed during a visit from Stephen Mullighan MP, South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister, to TRL’s UK Smart Mobility Living Lab @ Greenwich. The visit, which was arranged to enable the South Australian Minister to learn more about UK innovations in connected and automated vehicles (CAVs), saw Mr Mullighan and his supporting delegation welcomed to the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab by Rob Wallis, CEO of TRL, alongside representatives from the UK’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Living Lab partners Royal Borough of Greenwich, Oxbotica and Royal Sun Alliance.

The Minister was given presentations on several UK CAV projects, including GATEway, followed by a live demonstration of Oxbotica’s Selenium autonomy software, which will be used in the GATEway vehicle trials in Greenwich starting later this year. The software successfully navigated a purpose built concept vehicle around the Greenwich Peninsula, with Mr Mullighan and his delegation given a chance to ride on the vehicle.

Selenium_GW website

Stephen Mullighan, Transport and Infrastructure Minister South Australia commented: “It was fantastic to see such a collection of very credible companies coming together in an open and creative, real-life way. It’s clear the UK is really opening up its markets for such innovative programmes of research and through initiatives like the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab, is encouraging a level of cross sector collaboration that is truly inspirational.”

Rob Wallis, CEO at TRL added “It’s great to see international enthusiasm for the driverless vehicle projects taking place in the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab. The fact that other countries are looking to the UK for guidance demonstrates the pivotal role the UK now plays in this innovative and globally disrupting marketplace.”

Based in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London and supported by UK government, the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab @ Greenwich helps organisations bring solutions to market faster by enabling them to be trialled and validated in a real-life environment. Vehicle manufacturers, OEMs and tech organisations like Oxbotica can use the ‘Living Lab’ to assist with research and development, concept testing and validation, launching new technology or services, and understanding how new technology is perceived in a real world environment.

For more information about the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab visit:


Notes to Editors

The vehicle shown in the video is a purpose built vehicle called Geni, commissioned by Oxbotica. It is not one of the GATEway vehicles that will be used in the GATEway shuttle trials, starting later this year.


GATEway 2030: Students share their vision for future driverless cars

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Taking inspiration from the GATEway project, students from Ravensbourne University in Greenwich have showcased their visions of future driverless vehicles for a student design competition.

The competition, entitled “GATEway 2030: The Future with Driverless Cars” is part of an exciting collaboration between Ravensbourne, TRL and Royal Borough of GreenwichIt underlines a distinct move towards considerations of how autonomous transport will affect our day-to-day living, offering a chance to discuss how social space, as much as personal space, should inform designs for improved transportation.

Prof Nick Reed, Academy Director at TRL, describes the GATEway project as an opportunity for “testing how automated vehicles could improve mobility in urban centres around the world”. Of the competition, Reed says, “The work of the Ravensbourne students in response to the GATEway 2030 project was incredibly impressive, showing fantastic vision and innovative thinking using a range of media, including posters, videos and 3D printed designs, to show how transport needs might be met by automated vehicles in Greenwich in 2030. It will be fascinating to see how developments in the real world compare to their wonderful concepts.”

Jay Jordan’s winning project, the Transmission Fluid, proposes a driverless vehicle designed for multiple passengers. Inspired by the “School on Wheels” concept , a large, flexible architecture would respond to passengers’ preferences, with each segment taking on attributes of activity-led spaces; an office, a classroom, a playground, a gym – each space afforded a specific but easily changeable purpose. This is an ambitious proposal for the use of time in motion, where the getting from A to B could be more efficiently used to forge relationships, improve skills, increase knowledge, through work or play.


The winning project of GATEway 2030: Transmission Fluid by Jay Jordan


TRL’s recently established UK Smart Mobility Lab @ Greenwich is one of only a few to promote the study, development and integration of connected and automated vehicles in this context. Ravensbourne is committed to enriching its industry relationships and bringing creative excellence to industry sectors that can benefit from innovative practice of emerging designers. In turn this fulfils the institutional strategic aim to facilitate best practice in practice-based learning for students. GATEway 2030 is a good example of this, where the creative outcomes strongly complement the research delivered by the GATEway consortium. Since this ground-breaking research is happening right on Ravensbourne’s doorstep, bringing self-driving vehicles to our city far sooner than we might imagine, it will provide Ravensbourne students with ongoing opportunities and further collaborations to work with some of the most transformative innovations in technological history.