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 the project successes to date and upcoming activities for the next 6-12 months.
Discussions focused on advancements made in the technology, insurance and legal and public acceptance work streams; as well as demonstrating new and exciting innovations in the field of self-driving capabilities including first-hand access to the VENTURER simulator, designed and built by Williams Advanced Engineering.
VENTURER will now move into the next stage of its research and development programme which will look specifically at handover of control between vehicle and person, with on-going user behaviour testing taking place from summer 2016 through to spring 2017.
Commenting on the day’s activities, Lee Woodcock, VENTURER project lead said: “This is an exciting time for our sector. Connected and Autonomous Vehicles are very much a reality and the UK is in a prime position to lead the market. With an already well-established reputation in R&D and automotive, we are at the heart of the global race. VENTURER is now on its way to creating a step-change in delivering autonomous mobility and as the project progresses, we look forward to emphasising opportunities for further development and growth.”
Trial one of the three-year project will take place at the University of the West of England.
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