Driverless pods attract strong interest in Shanghai

The Transport Systems Catapult’s showcase exhibit on driverless vehicle technology has drawn strong interest from delegates and the media at a major Shanghai festival.

A 3D-printed model of the LUTZ Pathfinder driverless pods and an accompanying video animation of the pods “in action” were both major talking points at the three-day Great Festival of Creativity – featuring on three national TV channels and attracting widespread interest from politicians, business leaders, and celebrity guests.

The festival, which came to a close on Wednesday, attracted over 500 companies and 3000 delegates interested in seeing the very best of British creativity – from fashion and luxury goods to technology and innovation.

The Transport Systems Catapult stand was used for interviews with CCTV, China ABC International Channel, and Reuters TV who all interviewed Chief Business Development Officer Chris Moody.

Click above to see Chris Moody’s interview with CCTV.

Among the key topics of the event was a discussion on how design can help make transport more “intelligent” and customer-focused, including a presentation from Paul Priestman of PriestmanGoode, who are designing new tube trains with driverless capability for London Underground.

As well as presenting at the festival, Catapult representatives used the opportunity to develop new relationships with key science and innovation partners in China including the Science and Innovation Network at the British Consulate, the China-Britain Business Council, the Shenzen Intelligent Transport Systems Association, UKTI, and the British Consulate.

Among the visitors to the showcase gallery taking a keen interest in the autonomous technology were several Chinese venture capital and private investment companies, China’s biggest electric car manufacturer, BYD, major multinationals such as Jaguar Land Rover, and a wide range of Chinese businesses from multiple sectors.

For more on the Great Festival of Creativity, see the event’s official website. More details on the LUTZ Pathfinder programme can be found here.

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