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Oxbotica wins Financial Times Boldness in Business Award

Friday 24 March 2017

Mobile Robotics Group spin-out company Oxbotica has won the Smaller Company Award in the Financial Times' 2017 Boldness in Business Awards. The company, co-founded and led by Paul Newman, Keble Fellow and BP Professor of Information Engineering, and Professor Ingmar Posner, develops autonomous mobile robotics technology, notably used in driverless car development, but applicable much more widely, from submarine navigation to Nasa's Mars rover.

Oxbotica began life with four employees in converted nurses quarters in Keble's Acland site in 2014. Two years on, its staff of 20 moved into a part of 23 Banbury Road, the house on the Acland site that is home to the Oxford Robotics Institute, the latest incarnation of the Mobile Robotics Group. Oxbotica has now outgrown that space and will shortly be moving to commercial premises in north Oxford, but will retain a base in Keble's H B Allen Centre. "Keble has been incredibly helpful to us inĀ  our early days," said Oxbotica chief executive, Graeme Smith, "and we want to keep a base in the new Centre, both to be close to the Robotics Institute and to be part of what will be a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship for the whole University when it opens in 2018."

In the coming weeks, Oxbotica will be testing its driverless shuttle bus with the public for the first time. The trial will see people traveling in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London, at a max speed of 10 mph.