The ORI works on all aspects of mobile autonomy. We use flagship projects to force the development and evaluation of emerging technology. One such standout project is the deployment and testing of a complete autonomy system on small “pods” for urban use.
This flagship has its genesis in the LUTZ project which is a collaboration between RDM, Oxford and the Transport Systems Catapult. RDM are making the vehicle hardware, we are supplying the autonomy software and sensor systems an
d the Transport Systems Catapult are overseeing the project and coordinating trials with Milton Keynes Council.
Beyond demonstrating autonomous vehicles, the project will address the wider key challenge of how to increase mobility by demonstrating and analysing the potential for effective and cost-efficient movement of people in a city.
The LUTZ project will see Pods deployed in the streets of Milton Keynes in 2016 running the complete autonomy system we refer to as “Selenium.” Selenium draws on competencies from across our technology portfolio but some of the videos below give a sense of its deployment on Light Urban Vehicles.
Looking out beyond LUTZ, MRG, with the support of Oxbotica, is developing and supporting the use of Selenium to support a larger fleet of 40 pods as part of the UK Autodrive Consortium. Watch this space for news on that project when it starts in the new year.
The Mapping of Milton Keynes (or wherever)
A key stage in the deployment of the technology is training, producing what we call “scene priors”. These are simply detailed maps of the environment and they are adorned with all kinds of extra information like lighting changes and seasonal appearance changes. A few of those maps can be seen in these movies below