Selfdriving Ford Mondeo to be tested in OxfordOctober 22, 2020
Public trials of a government-backed project to accelerate the development of self-driving commercial vehicles begin this week.
As part of the first of several phases of testing, which will start from now and will last until the fall of 2021, the Endeavor project will send six autonomous cars of the fourth level based on the Ford Mondeos to Oxford, where the drone will be tested.
The autonomous Mondeo will run the route several times a day over the next six months. Testing will take place at any time of the day or night to test the novelty in a wide range of traffic, “from morning commutes to work to school runs in various weather conditions,” said a spokesman for the initiative.
Also, as part of the Endeavor project, the drone will be tested in London, where two routes are planned, and in another major city in the UK.
According to the project, the tests are intended to “demonstrate autonomous driving in various urban settings and develop models of interaction with local authorities and communities to help them prepare for the future launch of autonomous vehicle services.”
The Endeavor project, launched in September 2019, is a consortium between autonomous software company Oxbotica, urban technology firm DG Cities and transport simulation company Immense, as well as three recently added partners: Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), British Standards Institute (BSI) and Oxfordshire County Council.
“The Oxfordshire County Council Innovation Center has been at the forefront of autonomous mobility for the past four years. The progress made in the Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) ecosystem is tremendous, from simulations, testing in an isolated environment and now to the first live road tests in Oxford, ”said Laura Peacock, head of innovation at Oxfordshire County Council.
The Endeavor project is partly founded by the Center for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Innovate UK. It is part of the £ 100 million government fund for intellectual mobility.
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