£2.2m project sees Conigital Group expand to new office

£2.2m project sees Conigital Group expand to new office

Conigital Group, a firm at the forefront of a project to develop driverless vehicle technology, has opened a new office as part of a £2.2m project to bring driverless pods to the streets of Birmingham.

The firm will now be based at the Ignite space in the University of Warwick Science Park’s Venture Centre.

ProjectINSIGHT aims to develop the technology for hi-tech driverless shuttles to improve city transport access for visually impaired people, or those with limited mobility.

Conigital Group is working towards developing sensors to improve accessibility and help create smart inclusive cities

Two hi-tech shuttles will arrive in the region next year which will be tested over the course of a pilot period.

The shuttles will be built by modifying existing Heathrow Ultra-pod vehicles to incorporate state-of-the-art 3D imaging and sensors for navigation.

Conigital CEO Monique Seth said: “This is an exciting research and development project which will use the latest technology to create seamless journeys for the elderly and visually impaired right across a city centre.

“Ultimately the end goal is to have these driverless shuttles in the cities of the future – as a form of publicprivate transport in Coventry, Birmingham, Bristol and across the country.

“The support from the team at Warwick Science Park has been invaluable to a start-up

such as ours, they have understood our big picture vision and are helping to make it a reality via their support networks to world class academia and research facilities alongside practical business advice.”

Dirk Schafer, of the University of Warwick Science Park, said: “Being here at the Science Park offers a company such as Conigital not just the flexible space but access to a host of other opportunities.

 “We are delighted to see Conigital making full use of the Ignite space here as well as benefitting from being part of this innovative environment.”

Project INSIGHT is one of eight projects awarded a total of £20 million in funding from the government’s £100 million Intelligent Mobility Fund.

 

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