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Aurrigo signs first local authority contract for its Auto-Shuttle® technology

(L-R): Councillor Ken Hawkins (Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment &
Infrastructure at Solihull Council), Gary Masters (NEC Campus General Manager),
Chris Lane (Head of Transport Innovation at TfWM) and Ewa Truchanowicz (GBSLEP
Board Director).

The UK’s leading authority on autonomous transport has secured a ‘local authority’ first after

it sold an Auto-Shuttle® to Solihull Council.

Aurrigo, which designs, develops and builds a host of autonomous vehicles at its Advanced

Engineering Centre in Coventry, has supplied the £250,000 fully autonomous and electric

shuttle as part of ground-breaking passenger trials currently being delivered at the NEC.

Carrying up to eight passengers, the vehicle uses a suite of sensors to understand its

surroundings, allowing it to move around safely, interacting with live traffic with little or no

operator input.

The testing at the NEC, backed by funds from the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local

Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), sees it operate autonomously along a 1-mile pre-mapped

section of Pendigo Way between Hall 5 and Resorts World and expects to cater for more

than 1000 people during the four-week period.

Once complete, the Auto-Shuttle® could then be used to support other ‘first and last mile’

transport opportunities in and around Solihull, including possibly being used at the

Commonwealth Games 2022.

This is another important milestone in our journey, with the first Auto-Shuttle® successfully

sold to a local authority in the UK,” explained Miles Garner, Sales & Marketing Director at

Aurrigo.

“Solihull Council is at the forefront of developing new transport solutions in a bid to leverage

its unique location in the heart of the country and connected autonomous vehicles are seen

as a major priority.”

He continued: “The trials at the NEC have generated significant interest and the

overwhelming reaction from event-goers, workers and the general public has been very

positive.

“2021 is set to be our best-ever year with orders coming in from across the UK and overseas

for our Auto-Shuttle®, our 4-seater Auto-Pod® and the autonomous Auto-Dolly® for use in

carrying luggage and cargo around airports.”

Cllr Ken Hawkins, Environment & Infrastructure Portfolio at Solihull Council, added his

support: “Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology has the potential to

revolutionise the way we get around our towns, cities and rural areas as well as transport

goods. This trial is all about looking at how we can practically and safely start to incorporate

autonomous vehicles into our future transport infrastructure.

“Already one of the best-connected destinations in the UK and Europe, the NEC is the

perfect place to trial the Auto-Shuttle®, and look at how it can be used to improve first and

last mile passenger experience.

“Alongside the obvious environmental benefits, this is an excellent example of how smart

technology could be used to cut congestion and improve public transport.

“The results of our trials will provide learning on future mobility services and highway

infrastructure design across all future development sites within Solihull and the wider region,

including integration with the HS2 Interchange and Hub.”

For further information, please visit www.aurrigo.com or follow @aurrigotech on Twitter

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