Arrival Completes Successful Live AI Demonstration

This is the first time an Arrival Van has manoeuvred around a facility without a human driver inside.

  • The Arrival Van successfully navigated a parcel depot with no assistance from a driver.
  • Arrival’s self-driving tech is part of its Robopilot project that is to be used in all its vehicles in time.
  • The next step for the UK startup is to begin road testing.

Promising EV startup Arrival has just completed a live demonstration of its Arrival Van at a parcel depot with no driver at the wheel.

This happens to be the first time the Arrival Van has completed an autonomous trip of any kind — a massive step in the right direction as far as road testing goes for the UK company.

The vehicle was able to autonomously complete all operations that would usually be performed by a commercial fleet driver.

Arrival’s work here is all part of its Robopilot project, a project that looks to improve the market “knowledge, functionality, and public perception of autonomous driving systems.”

The technology developed here will be adapted for the planned rollout of all Arrival vehicles, which includes the Arrival Bus and Arrival Car.

Robopilot is part-funded by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). This project has given Arrival the tools needed to test its own self-driving systems, which uses in-house algorithms combined with optimised hardware to help fast track the companies goals.

Moreover, Arrival is developing a scalable commercial Automated Driving System (ADS). This system relies on computer vision, thus avoiding expensive sensing tech found in other unmanned vehicles.

Arrival is also working on HD maps for driving on public roads. Maps can be used as an optional source of data for the vehicle when navigating in a controlled environment, like a parcel depot.

“We are starting with a fixed controlled environment in the depot, where we are truly able to test and validate our technology. We can then understand how it will operate on public roads, in our vehicles, and how it can be implemented worldwide,” said Max Kumskoy, Head of Advanced Driver Assistance and Automated Driving Systems, Arrival.

The next step for Arrival is testing on UK roads.

“Arrival is playing a critical role in the UK innovation and transport sector by bringing together organisations from across technologies, skills, and services. It’s brilliant to see the projects being developed here picked up and exported around the world,” said Minister of Investment Lord Grimstone.

Arrival is working alongside Uber to bring its EV plans to life. Could the Robopilot be used for self-driving ride-hailing in future? Give us your thoughts on social media.

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