Oxford-based Oxbotica is trialling five fully-autonomous vehicles in London as part of the DRIVEN consortium, a £13.6m research project that aims to address fundamental real-world challenges facing self-driving vehicles such as insurance, cyber-security and data privacy.
Autonomous vehicles driving on London’s complex and congested streets are required to make 150 independent vehicle detections every second, and Oxbotica claims to have just the software to do that. It utilises two strands to achieve “universal autonomy”: Selenium and Caesium. Selenium is a complete end-to-end solution that works anywhere, anytime, says the company, equivalent of a computer operating system, pulling in data from the sensors fitted to each self-driving vehicle. The data from Selenium is then uploaded to Caesium, a data- and vehicle-management tool that allows learning to be shared between vehicles anywhere in the world without the need for human input.
Oxbotica, the lead partner in the DRIVEN consortium, plans to showcase its software’s capability as part of a live demonstration in London later this month, as part of a 30-month ground-breaking research project which started in July 2017.