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Driverless pods return to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Capri, an AECOM-led consortium, is returning to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to give members of the public another chance to test out an innovative autonomous mobility service. The final trial which will take place until 20th March will be the first in the UK to test an ‘on-demand’ driverless connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) in an open public environment. Part of the trial will also take place on a private road near the park to assess how the pods and passengers react when they’re on-road.

The Capri pods will pick up and drop off passengers at stops around the Park, passing Lee Valley VeloPark, Hockey & Tennis Centre and Timber Lodge Café. Members of the public will be able to book this free service through our marshals at each stop.

Building upon previous Capri trials at the Park and Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, this final trial will test the pod in both a shared space environment and on a road adjacent to the park.  This will present new technical challenges such as interacting with traffic lights and managing the physical transition between the park environment and faster road.

The Capri trial will operate without a safety steward inside the vehicle on the pedestrianised areas of the Park – allowing members of the public to turn up and travel alone in the autonomous pod. Remote engineers will monitor safety from a distance. This will demonstrate extended capability over previous public CAV trials and further the research and understanding in public behaviours and attitudes towards and within autonomous pods.  The learnings will deepen understanding of how electric autonomous shuttle services can be commercially viable and how they can support carbon reduction at individual sites and across a larger region.

The forthcoming trial at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will help build a platform for further development and positioning outside the project to help progress with the evidence and research needed for driverless shuttles whilst exploring future feasibility. Local schools will also be participating, with two engagement days taking place to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities.

David Barwell, Chief Executive – UK and Ireland, AECOM, said: “Bringing together a range of technical, social and operational research, this final trial at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a significant step forward in the implementation of future CAVs. The research gained from the trial will not only contribute to the future deployment of autonomous vehicles but also enable AECOM and its partners to carefully assess the requirements needed in various locations to meet the needs of local communities.”

Lyn Garner, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “The Park has firmly established itself as a testbed for innovation and development and a real bonus is the opportunities these trials give local children to get engaged with, and excited about, science and technology.”

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About Capri

The Capri consortium was awarded the funding as part of a CCAV and Innovate UK competition to invest £35 million in industry-led research and development projects on CAVs. The aim of the competition was to find projects that would deliver technical solutions for CAVs that provide real-world benefits to users and where the commercial benefit is clear.

Capri is a consortium comprising 17 partners in total. With a strong mix of academia, business and public sector authorities, each member plays an important role in the delivery of the Capri mobility service pilot scheme. The 17 Capri partners are: AECOM, Aimsun, AXA UK, Conigital, Dynniq, Heathrow, London Legacy Development Corporation, Loughborough University, Nexor, South Gloucestershire Council, T&VS, University of Bristol, University of Warwick, University of the West of England, Westfield Technology Group and YTL Developments and supporting legal partner, Burges Salmon.

Website: CapriMobility.com

Twitter: @CapriMobility

About AECOM

AECOM is the world’s premier infrastructure firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to consulting and construction management. We partner with our clients in the public and private sectors to solve their most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment, our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm with revenue of approximately $20.2 billion during fiscal year 2019. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)

The Capri project is part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. It is part of the government’s £100 million Intelligent Mobility Fund, supporting the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge.

As a key part of the UK government’s modern Industrial Strategy, the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge was announced in 2017 to encourage and support extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology, making the UK a world leader within the transport industries.

This includes facilitating profound changes in transport technologies and business models, to make the movement of people, goods and services across the nation greener, safer, easier and more reliable.

About Here East

Here East is a catalyst for growth for London’s most impactful businesses, industries and sectors located at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The 1.2 million sq. ft campus is home to a highly collaborative community with more than 4,500 innovators and academics, and is designed to foster collaboration, allowing tenants to collaborate, scale and grow at pace.

From e-scooters to autonomous vehicles, Here East supports the businesses, start-ups, academic and engineers who are working towards the future of mobility, with tenants on site including Ford’s

European Smart Mobility Innovation Office and Bird, the e-scooter company that launched the first ever e-scooter trial in the UK.  Here East is also home to its own innovation centre and co-working space Plexal, which has a dedicated mobility consultancy arm committed to scaling companies working on innovative and sustainable ways to move around in urban environments.

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