The executive cab firm Addison Lee Group has announced an alliance with self-driving vehicle software company Oxbotica which they say accelerates the implementation of autonomous vehicles to London’s streets to within three years.
Under the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on the development, deployment and operation of autonomous vehicles with a view to providing customers self-driving services in London as soon as 2021.
They say their long-term aim is to take greater share of an expanding car services market for connected autonomous vehicle technology, which according to one forecast could be £28 billion in the UK by 2035. Addison Lee says it’ll use its “trusted brand” to offer “affordable, quality, ride-shared services to passengers currently underserved by existing driven transport modes”, and that it will also explore opportunities to provide corporate shuttles, airport and campus-based services.
Addison Lee Group and Oxbotica will work together to create detailed, digital maps of more than 250,000 miles of public roads in and around the capital. These maps will record the position of every kerb, road sign, landmark and traffic light in preparation for the deployment of autonomous cars.