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The UK’s DRIVEN programme has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of a fleet of self-driving vehicles on public roads in London.

The week-long demonstration confirms that AVs can operate safely and legally in complex real-life situations, with a safety driver present, on typical public roads. The programme is powered by Oxbotica’s autonomous software.

DRIVEN is a coalition of experts include Oxbotica, Oxford Robotics Institute, Axa XL, Nominet, Telefonica, TRL and Transport for London (TfL).

Dr Graeme Smith, DRIVEN Programme Director and Oxbotica Senior Vice President, External Affairs, says: “The completion of the DRIVEN project marks a significant milestone for the future of autonomous vehicles in the UK. Establishing Britain as a world leader for innovative technologies has been at the heart of our mission and we’re incredibly proud of the steps we have taken to help make AVs a reality on our roads.”

Adrian Copland, COO, Accelerate, Axa XL, adds: “We were delighted to be able to bring our risk management and insurance capabilities to the DRIVEN projects all while learning first-hand about the risks associated with the technology. The knowledge we have acquired through our involvement in DRIVEN has already allowed us to provide insurance solutions to a number of our clients’ autonomy initiatives.”

The $16.7m DRIVEN initiative – with matched funding from UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and industry – has sought to address fundamental real-world challenges facing self-driving vehicles.

To watch our inteview with Oxbotica’s CEO, Ozgur Tohumcu, follow the link below.

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