Oxbotica, an Oxford-based autonomous vehicle software company, has today signed an historic deal with private hire firm Addison Lee. The partnership is aimed at bringing self-driving cars into Addison Lee’s service in London by 2021.
It is understood that the two firms will collaborate on the technological development, deployment and operation of the self-driving cars. However, it is hoped that eventually the partnership will expand the technology to include operation on corporate shuttles, airport and campus-based services.
— AddisonLeeGroup (@AddisonLeeGroup) October 22, 2018
In the immediate future however, the two companies will work on building digital maps of more than 250,000 miles of public roads in and around London. Once this has been successful, the partnership will extend into New York and other international locations.
Absolutely delighted to be announcing a landmark partnership between Oxbotica and @AddisonLeeCabs, aiming to launch an #autonomous taxi service by 2021. Read more here: https://t.co/USLtBkALDm #autonomousvehicles #futureofmobility
— Oxbotica (@oxbotica) October 22, 2018
Addison Lee chief executive Andy Boland has said today that the deal is symbolic of how the firm intends to be “at the very forefront” of the future of transport, with an aim to revolutionise commuting around the city.
However, there will be some stiff competition. Todays announcement comes as Five AI, a Bristol-based start-up, has showcased its own plans for driverless cars at the London Design Museum. Both companies are keen to launch home grown driverless car services in the UK ahead of Google’s Waymo project, which is estimated to be worth $175bn, and Uber.