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Fleet of self-driving vehicles begin trials in Oxford

22 October 2020

News from Commercial Fleet.

The first live trials of Project Endeavour’s autonomous vehicle fleet have begun on roads in Oxford, bringing the deployment of commercial self-driving vehicles one step closer.

A fleet of six Ford Mondeo vehicles, enabled by Oxbotica to be capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, will complete a nine-mile round trip from Oxford Parkway station to Oxford’s main train station.

The trials aim to demonstrate autonomous driving in a variety of urban and city environments and will develop engagement models with local authorities and communities to help them prepare for the future launch of autonomous vehicle services.

Trials will be run at all times of day and night, allowing Oxbotica’s autonomous vehicles to experience a range of traffic scenarios from morning commutes to school runs, in a range of weather conditions.

Project Endeavour – a Government-backed R&D project - will run until Autumn 2021 with live tests in three major UK cities.

The consortium, part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, is using a combination of advanced simulations and on-road demonstrations to help accelerate and scale the deployment and adoption of autonomous vehicles.

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