A Coventry-based company has created 10 new jobs over the past year to meet rising demand across the world for the driverless pods it has developed with support from the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Innovate UK.
A division of the RDM Group dedicated to autonomous vehicles, Aurrigo now has annual sales of £4.2m. It has customers in Australia, Canada, Finland, Singapore and the US, and has recently supplied one of its ‘Pod Zeros’ to China. It predicts orders of a further £6m before the end of 2020.
The company was behind a world-first in August – some of the globe’s best golfers taking part in the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor Resort were among the first professional sportspeople ever to be transported in an autonomous shuttle.
Aurrigo has been developing the shuttle for the last two years since it was appointed to be part of the government’s CCAV Smart Cambridge’s T-CABS project to deliver the UK’s first autonomous bus route.
Aurrigo also recently collaborated with researchers from the University of Warwick to demonstrate a major breakthrough in CAV technology, a successful demonstration of pods ‘swarming’ like birds and insects.
This innovation is a key element of a CCAV-funded project called SWARM (Self-organising Wide area Autonomous vehicle Real-time Marshalling). It means that pods can follow each other without supervision, helping each other to drive and navigate through pedestrian areas around people.
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