AUTONOMOUS DRIVING First autonomous shuttle at the Wales Open
At the Wales Open, Aurrigo will provide a driverless transport service from the famous Twenty Ten Club House to the first tee. Some of the world’s best golfers will be part of a global first demonstration.
The vehicle, which can carry 12 passengers, is guided by lidars, cameras and inertial navigation technology throughout the journey. A partnership with Vodafone ensures 4G real-time data connectivity over the company's mobile network. The data can then be viewed by the Aurrigo fleet management system for remote monitoring and tracking of the vehicles. David Keene, CEO of Aurrigo, commented: “This is a really exciting milestone for our business and this technology, as it will be the first time ever in the world that sportspeople will be carried by an autonomous vehicle at a live event." In total, more than 100 driverless rides will be performed at the event.
Aurrigo, which operates from its Advanced Centre of Engineering in Coventry, has been developing the shuttle for the last two years since it was appointed to be part of the Government’s CCAV Smart Cambridge’s T-CABS project to deliver the UK’s first autonomous bus route.
The shuttle is constructed from high strength composite materials to create a lightweight, efficient vehicle structure offering a range of up to 124 miles on a single charge using a 96V lithium power pack coupled with a 22KW electric motor. According to Aurrigo's CEO, the vehicle is "the only EV shuttle of its kind that can be switched between autonomous operation or powered by an operator using a conventional steering wheel and pedals. The vehicle can thus be used in a wide range of applications.