The Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark visited the Culham Science Centre-based Oxbotica to announce the UK government has committed £25m towards three autonomous vehicle projects. Why was this announcement made in Oxfordshire? Simply put, we are at the heart of connected and autonomous vehicle developments globally.
Future of mobility
Ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment and places are the five foundations of the UK Industrial Strategy which was published one year ago this week. The newly opened, £50m McLaren Composites Technology Centre encompasses all of them.
Hyperloop is a high-speed ground-based transportation system that carries passengers or freight in autonomous, bus-sized vehicles known as pods. Once the technology is proven at large scale and certified for commercial use then it will do more than just cut journey times.
This week at the Farnborough International Airshow we have seen some fantastic examples of British business and universities working together that have captured the imagination of the world. This shows what can be done when we combine the power of UK business with the research power of UK academia.
The Industrial Strategy offers a compelling framework for the future. At Spark, we’re particularly excited by the focus on the Grand Challenges, as they link closely to our AI-based journey prediction solution for electric vehicles (EVs).