6 March 2019
Source: Insider Media
A Coventry-based autonomous vehicle business will start a trial showcasing how the technology can deliver improved mobility and independence for people with health conditions and disabilities.
Aurrigo, which employs 85 people across its Advanced Engineering Centre in the West Midlands and offices in the US, Canada and Australia, is conducting the driverless pods trial involving blind veterans in Brighton.
The company has joined forces with Blind Veterans UK to develop a six-month programme of testing that will start in April.
This is the first time Aurrigo has ever conducted an extended trial with veterans or people with a disability and it is hoped that the pods could provide a long-term solution to improve the independence of people that have mobility issues.
Miles Garner, sales and marketing director for Aurrigo, said: “Using information taken from our discussions with Guide Dogs and previous work with people with disabilities, we have made the pods suitable for people with vision impairments, including improved lighting and prominent colours on grab rails and seats.
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