AXA joins a fourth* Government-funded autonomous vehicles project

AXA is the insurance lead in the CAPRI consortium which has just secured more than £4.2 million of funding from Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). The project will deliver a pilot scheme that could pave the way for the use of connected and autonomous vehicles to move people around airports, hospitals, business parks, shopping and tourist centres.

12 April 2017

Posted in Innovation

by Daniel O’Byrne (see media contact)

The pilot project, which will be led by Consulting Engineering firm AECOM, includes the design, development and testing of new autonomous and connected pods on-demand (PODs), culminating in on-road public trials at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  

AXA will underwrite the PODs during the trials enabling the project to investigate technologies that will allow the vehicles to navigate safely and seamlessly in both pedestrian and road environments. AXA will also be advising the consortium on insurance related issues throughout the project.

David Williams, Technical Director, AXA UK said:

“I am delighted that CAPRI has been chosen by Innovate UK in their latest round of funding dedicated to connected and autonomous vehicles.

“AXA has a proven track record in for innovation in this area. The project’s focus on the pedestrian and road environments will allow us to investigate and respond to the issues that arise from the public’s perception and concerns around autonomous vehicles. Our extensive experience to date in this field means we are perfectly placed to examine the insurance and legal questions that connected and autonomous vehicles pose.” 

“I am looking forward to working with the other partners to enable these vehicles to make a positive societal impact.”

The project comprises 20 partnering organisations, bringing together academic institutions, businesses, SMEs and public sector authorities with a range of skills, knowledge and needs in the connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) arena.