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Aurrigo and UPS Announce Autonomous Electric Cargo Vehicle Pilot Programme at East Midlands Airport

The project supported by UK public funding aims to reduce emissions and increase safety

UPS and Aurrigo have announced a collaborative project to deploy Auto-Cargo, an autonomous electric vehicle designed to move heavy cargo loads to and from aircraft at the UPS hub at East Midlands Airport, the UK’s second-largest cargo terminal.

The vehicle can transport a standard full-size cargo pallet or two half-size aviation industry standard containers or Unit Load Devices (ULD) up to a total load of 7.5 tonnes and is designed to tow a further fully loaded cargo trailer behind it.

Its autonomous technology will enable the limited numbers of security-cleared drivers to be freed up to perform other roles around the airport, while also producing zero tailpipe emissions.

The programme is supported by matched funding from Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation agency, and CCAV, with almost 500K GBP in funding. The two companies will develop and pilot Auto-Cargo at East Midlands Airport over a 14-month period.

David Keene, Aurrigo CEO: “This vehicle allows an airfreight operator to help decarbonise and automate its ground operations for lower emissions and greater efficiency. By combining the tractor and trailer into one unit, we save space, which in a busy cargo hub like East Midlands Airport is vital to efficient loading and unloading of aircraft.’’

Matt Nicholson, UPS International Director of Automotive Engineering: “Our business is all about delivering parcels efficiently through our global, integrated network. This collaboration will help us do that with increased safety and zero tailpipe emissions, making our airside operation more efficient with a purpose-designed vehicle.’’

VISUAL:                        Conceptual rendering of cargo dolly

INTERVIEW OPP:      Matt Nicholson, International Automotive Director, UPS

MEDIA CONTACT:      Shenique Edwards, UPS,

‘Major Brexit export win’: British-made driverless shuttles appear in Prague


EXCLUSIVE: Coventry-based Aurrigo International has deployed its futuristic Auto-Shuttle in Prague – a major worldwide tourist destination.

British-made driverless shuttles have appeared on the historic streets of Prague for the first time in another major Brexit boost.

In the latest example of UK manufacturing flexing its muscles the Czech Republic capital – a major worldwide tourist destination – has replaced horse and cart with autonomous transport.It is the first time Coventry-based Aurrigo International has deployed its futuristic Auto-Shuttle in mainland Europe, describing the move as a “major export win”.

‘Major Brexit export win’: British-made driverless shuttles appear in Prague

EXCLUSIVE: Coventry-based Aurrigo International has deployed its futuristic Auto-Shuttle in Prague – a major worldwide tourist destination.

This self-driving bus is now carrying passengers at Prague Exhibition Grounds

Prague residents and visitors have the unique opportunity to take a step into the future of public transportation at the Výstaviště Praha Exhibition Grounds from this weekend. Through October 5, self-driving autonomous minibuses can be taken for a ride, for free, through the spacious premises of the exhibition grounds in Prague 7.

The presentation of these self-driving minibuses is a collaborative effort between the city of Prague, research company PowerHUB, and British transport company Aurrigo, offering an exciting glimpse into the world of autonomous transportation.

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Aurrigo International marks its first anniversary on AIM by opening the market at the London Stock Exchange


Today, Aurrigo International plc, a leading international provider of transport technology solutions, celebrates the first anniversary of its listing on AIM with the Market Opening Ceremony.

Aurrigo successfully listed on AIM on 15 September 2022, raising £8m to support its expansion into the aviation sector. Its autonomous electric vehicles and industry-leading planning technology can help airports globally to automate the ground handling of baggage and cargo to reduce congestion linked to labour issues and system inefficiencies. The factors driving the demand for automation in aviation and beyond are global and long term, as the industry seeks to improve processes, tackle staffing constraints and reduce environmental impact. 

Founded 30 years ago and headquartered in Coventry, UK, Aurrigo has a long track record for designing, engineering and manufacturing OEM products as a tier 1 supplier for blue-chip vehicle makers including Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, McLaren and Rolls Royce.

Since admission to AIM, Aurrigo has been busy delivering on its key IPO objectives. It has invested in the development of its Autonomous and Aviation divisions, scaling the team – particularly focusing on engineering and sales and marketing capabilities. It has also established full-time teams in North America and Singapore. 

In October 2022, Aurrigo signed an agreement with Changi Airport Group for the next phase of development of the Auto-Dolly, its innovative baggage transportation solution for airports. This was followed by a multi-year partnering agreement with Changi in February 2023. 


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