Company News Aurrigo tees up autonomous world first at the Wales Open

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Golfers and their caddies will be among the first professional sportspeople to be transported in an autonomous shuttle.

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Some of the world’s best golfers will be part of a global first demonstration.
Some of the world’s best golfers will be part of a global first demonstration.
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Aurrigo is behind the innovation and will be running a driverless transport service from the famous Twenty Ten Club House to the 1st tee. The shuttle, which can normally carry up to 12 people, has been redesigned specifically for the tournament to follow all Covid-19 rules, with three twin bench seats able to carry a golfer and their caddie two metres apart. A touchless sanitiser unit is available as you enter the vehicle and masks/gloves. David Keene, CEO of Aurrigo, commented: “This is a really exciting milestone for our business and this technology, as it will be the first time ever in the world that sportspeople will be carried by an autonomous vehicle at a live event.

“We have been working extremely closely with the European Tour and the players to redesign the inside of the shuttle to ensure that it is fully Covid-19 secure, whilst our new technology partnership with Vodafone will provide vital connectivity.”

The shuttle is constructed from high strength composite materials to create a lightweight, efficient vehicle structure offering a range of up to 124 miles on a single charge using a 96 V lithium power pack coupled with a 22 KW electric motor. Before Covid-19, it was expected to seat 12 people and has the option to safely accommodate wheelchair passengers.