Driverless pods showcased in Shanghai

The driverless ‘LUTZ Pathfinder’ pods being pioneered by the Transport Systems Catapult are being showcased at Shanghai’s Great Festival of Creativity.

Organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and taking place at Shanghai’s Long Museum, the three-day festival aims to promote the best of UK technology, innovation, creativity and business. The invitation-only event involves leaders and visionaries from businesses in the UK and China as well as cultural and commercial ambassadors.

The festival kicked off on Monday with a welcome address by Brian Davidson, HM Consul General, and Lord Livingston, Minister of State for Trade and Investment. Later today, the Duke of Cambridge will formally open the event at a special reception featuring a live performance by British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware.

“The Great Festival of Creativity … promises to be a meeting of some of the most innovative and active minds in industry today,” said the Duke of Cambridge, ahead of the official opening. “Not only is this occasion a timely celebration of the important role that creativity plays in business, in a highly competitive world, but it also serves as a reminder of the benefits for collaboration between the United Kingdom’s and China’s thriving business sectors.”

The LUTZ Pathfinder pods programme has been given pride of place in the Showcase Gallery which tells the story of how the spark of an idea can evolve into something “GREAT”. Through different disciplines and sectors, the showcase gallery explores the story of what happens after the moment when an idea is born: from plans and designs, through conversation and collaboration, on to investment and time, and finally the creation of prototypes and variations.

As well as an interactive exhibition, the first day has a programme of provocative and inspiring events. Speakers on day one include Sir Martin Sorrell, chairman of WPP Group, Garry Copeland, MD Combined Operations for British Airways, Ian Callum, director of design at Jaguar Land Rover, Paul Priestmann of PriestmannGoode, Ted Sarandos of Netflix, Sir Ronald Cohen, chair of the G8’s social impact group, and Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group.

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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