The modular design of POD means that the vehicles can work with various sensing and navigation suppliers, depending on the particular application and preferences of the customer. In the UK, there are currently two main suppliers, but other suppliers could be used.
Oxbotica is a spin-out from Oxford University's acclaimed Mobile Robotics Group. It specialises in mobile autonomy, navigation and perception, and draws on Oxford's heritage of world leading research into autonomous robotics. Its solutions allow robots, vehicles, machinery and people to map, navigate and interact with their surroundings. Importantly, its systems require no connectivity - the autonomous vehicles map and "learn" their environments for themselves. Having learned the route, the system constantly compares what it sees to what it expects to see, which enables it to calculate its precise location (to within two or three centimetres) and also recognise hazards such as pedestrians.
Oxbotica was founded by Prof. Ingmar Posner and Prof. Paul Newman - leaders of Oxford University's Mobile Robotics Group (MRG). MRG has an outstanding reputation for innovation and industrial collaborations. It has licensed navigation software for use on Mars rovers, developed the UK's first self-driving car, and has been a key and influential innovator in the area of Robotics and Autonomous Systems. In 2015, Oxbotica was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 10 global tech companies to watch.
Fusion Processing's background and experience spans advanced radar, high performance computing, automotive systems and vehicle operations. For autonomous vehicles, its CAVstarTM system consists of modular sensing and processor units that can be tailored to individual vehicle and operating requirements. CAVstarTM uses complementary sensor technologies including radar and cameras, combined with high-performance processing units that run Fusion's proprietary algorithms. This enables the CAVstarTM system to provide an all-round situational awareness capability and vehicle control function, that can operate effectively in the most challenging conditions.
Oxbotica has navigation for use on Mars rovers, developed the UK's first self-driving car, and has been a key and influential innovator in the area of Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
- JULIAN TURNER, CEO