Australian Minister visits UK driverless car project

TRL delegation with Oxbotica vehicle

The Transport and Infrastructure Minister of Australia has visited the Smart Mobility Living Lab in Greenwich for autonomous transport.

South Australian Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan MP, has shown his support for the UK’s driverless initiatives during a visit to TRL’s UK Smart Mobility Living Lab @ Greenwich.

The visit was arranged to enable the South Australian Minister to learn more about UK innovations in connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). Mr Mullighan and his supporting delegation were 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, MOVE_UK and Atlas, followed by a live demonstration of Oxbotica’s Selenium autonomy software. Mr Mullighan and his delegation watched as the software, which will be used in the GATEway vehicle trials in Greenwich starting later this year, navigated a purpose-built concept vehicle around the Greenwich Peninsula. They were also given a chance to ride on the vehicle, which successfully completed 100 km of autonomous driving in Greenwich.

Like the United Kingdom, South Australia is looking to take a lead in connected and autonomous technology and become a test bed for companies looking to enter the Australian market.  Earlier in 2016, it became the first Australian State to pass legislation to allow on-road testing of driverless cars and is now looking towards the UK and initiatives like the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab as an example of best practice.

TRL is already working to improve global collaboration on connected and automated research projects and is a member of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI). This commitment was restated during the South Australian visit to the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab.

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 disruptive marketplace. TRL has already committed to establishing deeper links between the UK and Australian vehicle initiatives; I was delighted to see this intent strongly welcomed by Stephen and the Australian delegation.”

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.

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