Urrigo is one of the first businesses in the UK to benefit from a new technological collaboration between Vodafone and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The autonomous vehicle specialist has been powering its three Auto-Shuttles, which have been used in recent road trials in Cambridge, with AWS Wavelength and Vodafone Distributed Edge Computing Market, which together deliver ultra-low latency and expansive bandwidth, ensuring excellent levels of performance and cyber resilience because the data is not exposed to the public internet.
When combined with the cell operator's 5G network, it represents a significant development in the autonomous vehicle area, bringing the firm one step closer to eliminating the human safety supervisor from its pods and shuttles, which are now being tested and operated in five countries.
"AWS Wavelength, Vodafone 5G, and MEC technologies enable us to monitor our autonomous cars in real time via safe and secure communications," said Simon Brewerton, CTO at Aurrigo in Coventry.
"The secured high bandwidth communication between many vehicles, the central control center and our servers, provides key uses such as remote supervision and first-person video feeds.
"This is a paradigm jump in reliability, speed, and capacity compared to the prior connectivity we had access to, and we look forward to collaborating with the two world leaders on future trials to truly maximize the potential of their complementing technologies."
Cambridge was a significant milestone for Aurrigo, which claims to be the world leader in 'first and last mile' transportation development.
The three shuttles, which could seat 10 people outside of social distancing limitations, transported passengers from the Madingley Road Park and Ride location to and around the University of Cambridge's West Campus.
It was also the first time Aurrigo engineers had access to Distributed Edge Computing, which offers much lower one-way latency of 25ms to 30ms compared to 70ms to 80ms with traditional cloud computing.
Using 4G and 5G ensures that the three active Auto-Shuttles have a consistent degree of connectivity.
Aurrigo's Cambridge experiment concluded on June 29 with shuttles transporting their final public customers.
Over the duration of the experiment, over 1000 passengers experienced an autonomous travel on a public route shared with other vehicles, with comments utilized to shape future public transportation for the ancient city.
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