Ben Upcroft, VP Technology at Oxbotica Oxbotica was spun out of Oxford University five years ago and now offers a suite of autonomous vehicle and fleet management software. Mike Vousden sat down with VP of Technology, Ben Upcroft at the Move 2019 conference to hear about the latest developments.
Could you give us a brief overview of Oxbotica?
Oxbotica sells software for autonomy to industries across the world. That includes mining, ports, quarries, airports and, of course, in urban environments with OEMs or taxi operators, for example.
With our partners, we continue to develop our autonomy and, as they improve, our autonomy improves with them. The solution we provide them is the ability to be able to localise, to understand where you are in the world, to understand what’s around you, and make intelligent decisions using that information. Now, as we grow, the places in which we can do that grow as well.
So far, has most of your testing been UK based?
No, we’re in Asia, North America, Australia and Europe, so we’ve got many autonomy systems all around the world. That’s both deployed products and for testing – we’re testing, evaluating and deploying into public domains – the whole spectrum.
Oxbotica has two products – Caesium and Selenium – can you briefly explain what they are?
Selenium is the brains for a single vehicle – so it’s the vehicle that makes all the intelligent autonomous decisions to drive through the world. Caesium is what you might think of as the management system for a fleet of autonomous vehicles. It gives you the ‘stubs’ or the interface for each vehicle to get information on and off that vehicle but also to pass it to a third party – that could be an operator, someone who wants to know […]