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Aurrigo International plc – Innovate UK grant award for Auto-Shuttle project with Sunderland City Council

Aurrigo International plc (AIM: AURR, the “Company” or “Aurrigo”), a leading international provider of transport technology solutions announces that it has been awarded a grant for approximately £0.7m through Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles’ (“CCAV”) Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility (“CAM”) competition.

As part of the Sunderland Advanced Mobility Shuttle (“SAMS”) project, Aurrigo is being funded to provide three self-driving zero-emission Auto-Shuttles, which will transport passengers between Sunderland Interchange, Sunderland Royal Hospital and the University of Sunderland City Campus. The project will research, build, trial and evaluate the deployment of a highly automated, remotely supervised, zero-emission passenger mobility service within the City of Sunderland.

Development work is expected to commence in March, with the aim of demonstrating a sustainable commercial service during 2024.

The SAMS project has been awarded a combined £3m in grant funding, which has been matched by industry contributions to bring total funding to £5.5m. Aurrigo is partnering with Sunderland City Council, Busways Travel Services Ltd, Angoka Ltd, Newcastle University, Swansea University, and BAI Communications.

The UK Government is awarding £42m to seven projects through the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles’ Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility competition.

Prof. David Keene, CEO of Aurrigo, commented:

“This grant enables us to build three brand new, bespoke Auto-Shuttles for the SAMS project. This programme will be a great opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of Auto-Shuttle and we are pleased to be partnering with Sunderland City Council to prove the viability of a sustainable, automated public transport service.”

Business Secretary Grant Shapps, said:

“In just a few years’ time, the business of self-driving vehicles could add tens of billions to our economy and create tens of thousands of jobs across the UK. This is a massive opportunity to drive forward our priority to grow the economy, which we are determined to seize.

“The support we are providing today will help our transport and technology pioneers steal a march on the global competition, by turning their bright ideas into market-ready products sooner than anyone else.”

Liz St Louis, Director of Smart Cities at Sunderland City Council, added:

“Leveraging the power of 5G technology and Sunderland’s leading smart city infrastructure, the focus of our ambitious project partners is underpinned by an ethos of leaving no one and nowhere behind.”

“Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) will provide huge social, industrial and economic benefits across the world and we’re hugely optimistic about a technology-fuelled future, powered by local expertise, right here in Sunderland.”

Self-driving vehicles could revolutionise public transport and passenger travel, especially for those who don’t drive, better connect rural communities and reduce road collisions caused by human error. Forecasts predict that by 2035, 40% of new UK car sales will have self-driving capabilities, with a total market value for connected and automated mobility worth £41.7 billion to the UK. This could create nearly 40,000 skilled jobs in connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology.

The government is also committed to introducing legislation that will enable the safe and timely rollout of self-driving vehicles on UK roads. Under a proposed ‘safety ambition’ for self-driving vehicles to be equivalent in safety to a competent and careful human driver, and vehicles will need to meet certain standards to be allowed to ‘self-drive’ on the roads throughout the lifetime of the vehicle. 

Organisations overseeing self-driving vehicles could face sanctions if standards are not maintained.

For further enquiries:

Aurrigo International plc Miles Garner, Sales and Marketing Director+44 2476 635 818    
Instinctif Partners (Media relations) Rozi Morris, Tim McCall, Isadora Pegler+44 (0)20 7457 2020

About Aurrigo

Aurrigo is a leading international provider of transport technology solutions. Headquartered in Coventry, UK, it designs, engineers, manufactures and supplies autonomous vehicles and OEM products to the automotive and transport industries, particularly focusing on aviation. It is highly regarded as a specialist in autonomous and semi-autonomous technology solutions for the aviation, ground handling and cargo industries. Aurrigo has developed six types of autonomous vehicle to date, which can be utilised to reduce costs, resolve operational issues and tackle labour shortages, whilst also improving sustainability. Aurrigo has three divisions, Automotive Technology, Autonomous Technology and Aviation Technology. For more information, see

Aurrigo maps Inverness Airport as part of Project Heart

We’ve had a productive day at Inverness Airport mapping the baggage hall and airside roads to prepare a full airport simulation as part of Project Heart. This will include the impact of the new railway link and the how the inclusion of sub-regional low carbon flights connecting hard to reach destinations would effect ground operations. Thanks to the dedicated Aurrigo team and our colleagues at Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd for making this happen.

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Smart mobility innovations such as CAVs and fleets, electric vehicles, low-speed automated shuttles and drones are revolutionizing how we work, live and play.

They are combining with next-gen networks, cybersecurity, 5G, AI and machine learning, IoT, big data, and AR/VR. And they are unleashing a world of new possibilities.

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Proud to be a founding signatory of UK automotive sector’s first diversity and inclusion charter 

 Aurrigo International plc (AIM: AURR, the “Company” or “Aurrigo”), a leading international provider of technology solutions, is proud to be a founding signatory of the UK automotive sector’s first Diversity & Inclusion Charter with the Automotive Council and commits to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce that is reflective of wider society. 

For more information, please see the Automotive Council news release below. 


UK Automotive commits to workforce diversity and inclusion with landmark industry Charter 

  • • UK automotive industry launches new Diversity & Inclusion Charter in collective commitment to make workforce reflective of wider society and attract more talent to fill critical skills gaps. 
  • • Major brands representing a fifth of Britain’s automotive manufacturing workforce pledge to shift the dial as Auto Council report highlights scale of the sector’s diversity challenge and calls for faster progress. 
  • • Landmark initiative to be announced tonight at the 105th SMMT Annual Dinner by SMMT President and Stellantis Senior Vice President Global Circular Economy, Alison Jones. 

On Tuesday 29 November, 2022 Sixteen of the UK automotive industry’s biggest brands came together to launch the sector’s first Automotive Diversity & Inclusion Charter.1 The founding signatories, representing a fifth of the sector’s manufacturing workforce, as well as organisations including Unite the Union and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), pledge a collective, public commitment to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive (DE&I) workforce that is reflective of wider society. The landmark initiative will support ongoing efforts to retain and attract top talent as the industry undertakes its biggest technological and industrial transformation in more than a hundred years amid critical skills shortages. 

By signing the Charter, companies publicly recognise that creating a diverse and inclusive workforce is not only ethically responsible but good for business. The benefits include increasing employee satisfaction, motivation and engagement, leading to greater productivity and retention; improving decision making and problem solving; fostering greater creativity from diverse perspectives; and making companies – and the wider sector – more attractive to top talent. 

Signatories commit to take action in eight key areas with the aim of accelerating progress across all aspects of DE&I within their own companies. Pledges include appointing a board-level DE&I champion to lead change from the top; embedding DE&I policies into company values; improving recruitment practices to encourage diversity of applicants; supporting career opportunities and development for every employee; creating more flexible working environments; and reporting diversity data and progress to the Automotive Council on an annual basis. 

The Charter and pledges have been established in response to recommendations in the Automotive Council report Driving diversity, equity and inclusion in the UK automotive industry, which focuses, as a first step, on gender balance.2 While the report acknowledges that many companies have impressive DE&I programmes and initiatives in place, it shows the overall automotive manufacturing sector lags behind other UK industries, with women representing 12% of the workforce compared with 47% in the UK workforce as a whole. 

The report also identifies diversity as a business-critical issue, citing among other studies 2019 analysis from Mckinsey, which found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25% more likely to experience above average profitability than those in the fourth quartile. In the case of ethnic and cultural diversity, this outperformance rose to 36%.3 

The UK Automotive Diversity & Inclusion Charter is the first time efforts to improve sectoral DE&I have been united under one banner and follows initiatives already in place across other sectors, including aviation and aerospace, defence, finance, rail and retail. It will provide a platform for the industry, via the Automotive Council, to share best practice, promote positive initiatives and report on progress in the years ahead. 

Announcing the Charter at the SMMT Annual Dinner this evening, Alison Jones, SMMT President and Stellantis Senior Vice President Global Circular Economy, is expected to say, “Despite talking about this for years, with some good initiatives and progress, the Automotive Council’s first Diversity Report shows that as an industry our results are, sadly, still really low. We have to accelerate our efforts again to ensure a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. I urge everyone to join this landmark initiative, alongside the sixteen founding organisations, to really make a positive human and business impact for our workforce, our organisations and our industry.” 

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive and Chair of the Automotive Council UK Competitiveness and Business Environment Group, said, “This Charter is a pivotal moment for the automotive industry – a collective pledge to drive positive change, drive out inequality, and demonstrate progress. UK Automotive is undergoing an immense transformation and our future success depends on attracting the best and brightest talent, irrespective of backgrounds, races, genders, cultures or abilities. A rich diversity of skills, perspectives and experience can give us a competitive advantage and I encourage the sector to support this important ambition.” 

The UK Automotive Diversity & Inclusion Charter will be launched tonight at the 105th SMMT Annual Dinner in London, an event attended by some 1,000 guests from across the automotive industry, government and the media. Businesses in the automotive sector interested in becoming signatories can contact the Automotive Council secretariat here for more information. 

Founding UK Automotive Diversity & Inclusion Charter Signatories 

Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) 


Bentley Motors 

BMW Group 

Cummins UK 

Honda Motor Europe 


McLaren Automotive Limited 

Nissan UK 

Robert Bosch 

Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) 


TMD Friction UK Ltd 


Unite the Union 

Volkswagen Group UK 

Notes for editors 

1 Auto Council Charter – 

2 Auto Council Report – 

3 McKinsey Report – 

About the Automotive Council 

The United Kingdom Automotive Council was established in December 2009. It is a senior industry forum for dialogue with government, tasked with establishing the UK automotive sector as a world leader. 

Media contacts 

Paul Mauerhoff (SMMT) 07809 522 181 

For further enquiries: Instinctif Partners (Financial Communications)  Tim McCall, Rozi Morris +44 (0)20 7457 2020 

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Come visit us for Day 3 at the UK Pavilion stand at #ITSWC2022 in Los Angeles. A demo vehicle will be on display with an Aurrigo team on hand to answer any questions you may have. The Pavilion is hosted by Innovate UKand Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom for International Trade (DIT) in the US, supported by @ITS (UK) – Intelligent Transport Systems (UK), the @Transport Technology Forum and Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG)  Chris Keefe Miles Garner 
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Autonomous technology automotive company Aurrigo headed to Northumberland last weekend to trial its self-driving vehicles at Alnwick Castle.

A great day out for Aurrigo as it takes its self-driving cars to Northumberland – Business & Innovation Magazine

Autonomous technology automotive company Aurrigo headed to Northumberland last weekend to trial its self-driving vehicles at Alnwick Castle. The trial is part of a major new study by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), and insight and strategy consultancy Britain Thinks.

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