Aurrigo, Comet Mobility, and Via demo autonomous pods
Aurrigo, which employs over 80 people at its state-of-the-art engineering center and three technical/sales offices in Australia, Canada, and the U.S., has been working with U.S. firms Comet Mobility and Via to deliver smart, on-demand, automated, and zero carbon “last mile mobility” solutions. These three self-driving pods, Pod Zeros, will be equipped to with artificial intelligence (AI) technology from a leading multinational technology specialist.
The Comet Mobility Experience, which is being partially funded by the UK’s Department for International Trade, Meridian, and the Advanced Propulsion Centre, was unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (Jan. 8-11) and will allow delegates to experience a 6- to 8-minute ride in an autonomous pod designed and built in the UK.
There will be three points of interest—the UK, New York, and Las Vegas—and the riders will be asked to choose which location they want to go to first, allowing Pod Zero to make a real-time voice-activated decision about where to go, leveraging on-demand ridesharing technology developed by Via.
During the journey riders can ask questions about weather, destinations, the partners behind the project, and discuss general knowledge or even ask the pod to tell it a joke, all using a specially crafted artificial intelligence platform.
“This is the first time our autonomous pods have been equipped with the latest AI technology, which has been designed to learn more with less data,” said Miles Garner, Sales and Marketing Director for Aurrigo, the autonomous vehicle division of RDM Group.
“The idea behind the project is to highlight how UK and U.S. firms can collaborate to create a smart, automated, and zero carbon ‘last mile mobility’ solution. Delegates will see how self-driving pods can provide a practical, safe, and enjoyable experience that is truly immersive and educational,” he said. “This technology is ideal for tourists, corporate users, shopping centers promoting the latest offers, and even university campuses that are notoriously difficult to navigate.
Three Pod Zeros were built for use at CES. They seat up to four people, can travel at 15 mph, and cover up to 60 miles on one charge. They recently played the lead role in UK Autodrive, the world’s largest multi-connected and autonomous vehicle demonstration.
The Comet Mobility Experience will be hosted at the IBM stand (booth PL2), with demonstrations running from the morning of Tuesday 8th to midday on Friday 11th.