ServCity completes electric robotaxi test phase

ServCity has concluded its final testing phase of its electric robotaxi service in London. The autonomous mobility research project has for the past three years been working to understand how to help cities successfully incorporate autonomous vehicle technologies into a complex urban environment.

Built upon a 100% electric Nissan LEAF, the ServCity CAV has successfully completed increasingly challenging validation trials in the real-world environment of TRL’s urban testbed, the Smart Mobility Living Lab, based in Greenwich.

ServCity is jointly funded by government and industry; the government’s £100m Intelligent Mobility fund (administered by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles); and delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Over three years, six partners – Nissan, Connected Places Catapult, TRL, Hitachi Europe, the University of Nottingham and SBD Automotive – have been collaborating to develop a blueprint that will guide OEMs, transport providers and city planners to get ‘CAV-ready’ in the UK’s cities.

It is hoped that the project will create a robotaxi infrastructure blueprint for the UK.

David Moss, senior vice-president, Region Research and Development for Nissan AMIEO said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of the ServCity project and our 100% electric Nissan LEAF has proven to be the ideal test vehicle. Through our Nissan Ambition 2030 long-term vision, we are committed to supporting greater access to safe and exciting mobility. Advancing our autonomous drive capability and expertise is critical to this effort and research projects such as ServCity are vital to the evolution of technology.

“Through our world-class R&D base in Cranfield in the UK, Nissan is continuously innovating to bring cutting-edge, purpose-driven technologies that benefit our customers. ServCity’s achievements contribute to our efforts to usher in a future where we hope to see zero fatalities on the road while providing customers with the added comfort and convenience that come from advanced autonomous drive technologies.”

Image courtesy ServCity Consortium

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