#VENTURERNextGen Competition!

We are keen to build on the wealth of driverless car expertise in the region by engaging with the leaders of tomorrow. VENTURER wants to educate students about the future possibilities of driverless cars as well as the potential career…

Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers

On Wednesday 7th March my colleague, Imogen, and I attended an event aimed at encouraging primary school children to be involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and to consider a career in engineering. The event was held…

Trial 3 – A Participant’s View

During the months of January and February, VENTURER is undertaking the third and final phase of a series of human factors experiments. Trial 3 is being held at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, involving examining human reactions to the decisions made…

Do We Trust Autonomous Vehicles?

Professor John Parkin discusses the VENTURER Autonomous Vehicles project and the results of trials to assess the human response to the artificial intelligence decision making system. Are humans ready to defer decisions to artificial intelligence?  There’s something about the grass…

The future of driverless cars – AXA UK

Did you know over 90% of all road traffic accidents are caused by driver error? AXA have produced this video to demonstrate how they are looking to the future as a part of the VENTURER consortium…

Driverless Cars-Tomorrow’s World! – AXA Guest Blog

Insurance has been viewed as a very traditional industry for many years, so I was really excited to be able to see ‘up close’ one of the projects that really makes AXA stand out as a leader in the world…

Hands-free: CAV Take the Wheel!

Written by Olivia Reddy, Masters student at BRL – Trial participant and Pod demonstration spectator. Driverless cars have been in the news a lot over the past few years, and here in Bristol is one of the places you can…

VENTURER and GATEway collaborate on public event

Over the weekend of 4 – 6 August VENTURER teamed up with the GATEway project as part of the Festival of What If, hosted by the At-Bristol Science Centre, to showcase driverless technology to the public. The event focused on…

VENTURER Trial 2 Participant Experiments

During the months of June and July, VENTURER undertook the second tranche of experiments. Trial 2, held at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, involved examining human reactions to the decisions made by an autonomous vehicle at junctions and while interacting with…

VENTURER Trial 1 Results: Press Release

VENTURER driverless car project publishes results of first trial: ‘Planned handover’ key to development of driverless car technology say researchers VENTURER is the first Connected and Autonomous Vehicle project to start in the UK. The results of VENTURER’s preliminary trials show that…

The Economic Impact of CAVs in the West of England

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) present an interesting conundrum in the West of England. Depending on the view point, CAV can be seen as an industry, cluster, technology or application. In essence, it is an amalgamation of all the above….

What is the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill?

The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill (formerly known as the Modern Transport Bill) was published recently and received its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 6th March 2017. It contains a specific section on the insurance framework for…

CAVs across the globe

VENTURER was the first Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) project to start in the UK and has made significant progress over the last 18 months, but we must not forget the testing and research that is being undertaken across the…

VENTURER helps showcase smart city living at regional event

The VENTURER consortium joined leading tech companies and innovators at Venturefest on Friday 3 February to showcase their contribution to smart city living with connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). The event took place at the University of the West of…

What has VENTURER planned for 2017?

Following the successful completion of Trial 1 in October 2016, the New Year is set to continue with more exciting developments for VENTURER. Early 2017 – Trial 1 Results The findings from Trial 1 will be published on our website…

Government to Invest in Future Transport

Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement as Chancellor was one packed with positive news featuring ambitious spend on infrastructure, R&D and innovation.  The government has outlined a strong commitment to boosting economic stability in the coming years while simultaneously rebuilding business…

Centre for Transport & Society CAV Research

The VENTURER project is interested in the perceptions and expectations that businesses, lobby groups, policy making organisations and local authorities have for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and a driverless mobility future. A team of researchers at the Centre for…

How should local authorities prepare for the arrival of CAVs?

There is no question that cars are getting smarter but the real question is how smart can they get and when is this likely to happen? Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) will transform how we use transport, how vehicles interact…

Supporting Autonomous Vehicle Development in the Virtual World

Autonomous driving has quickly become a hot topic, with not a day passing without an announcement of a new manufacturer programme or consortium study.  The big question on everyone’s lips though, is will they be safe?  The technology is very…

Participants’ Feedback – Trial 1

The Development and testing of autonomous vehicle technology is only one aspect of introducing driverless cars to UK roads. The other core element is focused on understanding the needs of the end-user. Making driverless vehicles a reality will therefore rely…

The Importance of Citizen Engagement

The Importance of the Citizen Perspective in the Development of Autonomous Road Vehicles Professor Graham Parkhurst, Centre for Transport & Society, UWE Bristol[1]; graham.parkhurst@uwe.ac.uk Government departments, technology developers and industrial strategy advisors across the globe have identified numerous potential benefits…

The changing nature of liability

The VENTURER project is a fascinating one to be involved in. As we have said before, we understand that autonomous technologies have the potential to dramatically improve road safety as well as impact positively on other areas of society. This…

AXA releases first annual report on driverless cars

AXA UK has released the first annual report on its partnership with the VENTURER project, the first of three reports on autonomous vehicles. As a key partner of the VENTURER consortium, one of the groups trialing autonomous vehicles in order to…

VENTURER gets ready for first trial

VENTURER held its first media and showcase event on Tuesday 24 May, in advance of its summer trial which is scheduled to run from June to September 2016. The event, which is part of a wider stakeholder engagement programme, outlined…

Westfield Sportscars to support VENTURER trials

The VENTURER consortium will collaborate with Westfield Sportscars Ltd to deliver the next phase of its research and development programme, which is scheduled to commence in July 2016. The UK sports car manufacturer will supply the Ultra Pod self-driving prototype,…

VENTURER consortium to test driverless cars in Bristol region

“The VENTURER consortium has secured funding from Innovate UK to test driverless cars in the Bristol region. This appointment follows today’s Autumn Statement announcement to make the UK a world centre for the testing and development of this new technology.”…