Company News Aurrigo lands Autocar ‘Innovation’ Award
The driverless vehicle specialist has beaten off some of the world’s largest car brands and manufacturers to secure Autocar’s Innovation Award.
Aurrigo, which is set to start its first autonomous shuttle trial at Cambridge Business Park in October, was recognised by the car magazine for the way it has made major breakthroughs with its 4-seater Pod Zero and pioneering work with British Airways on an autonomous luggage dolly serving Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport.
“Autocar is like a bible for the automotive sector and to have our work recognised with such massive names is a fantastic achievement,” explained David Keene, CEO of Aurrigo.
The 3.2 million pound Cambridge Business Park trial is being run in partnership with Smart Cambridge, a collaboration of Cambridge County Council and the Greater Cambridge Partnership. It has involved Aurrigo designing and building six prototype shuttles at its Advanced Engineering Centre in Coventry that, in normal times, can transport up to 18 passengers along a designated route. Due to Covid-19 and the need for social distancing, the capacity has been reduced to just six people for when the trial gets underway in October.
“The trial will give us the opportunity to showcase how a larger autonomous vehicle, capable of taking more passengers, can interact with its environment and other transport systems to deliver a cost-effective solution for areas that need to keep links open even in times of less demand. A driverless vehicle is far more cost effective during these periods and this project could provide a template that could be replicated across the world.”