Multimillion-pound project to tackle autonomous fleet operation

11th February 2016 – LONDON -Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) spin-out Immense Simulations Ltd and Improbable have been successful in their application to the Innovate UK Connected and Autonomous Vehicles call for a Collaborative Research and Development project, to create a new solution for the coordination of autonomous vehicle fleets.

Immense Simulations will develop ‘tools for autonomous logistics operations and management’ building on Improbable’s world-leading SpatialOS distributed simulation platform. SpatialOS is the new operating system that enables developers to build massive, detailed simulations running on thousands of machines in the cloud.

The project team seek to build on existing research in cooperative routing, fleet operations, predictive vehicle health management and real time traffic management. By combining the latest thinking with Improbable’s SpatialOS developer platform, fleet operators will be able to optimise the operation of autonomous fleets at city-wide scale, for the first time.

TSC CEO Steve Yianni explained: “Fleet operations and logistics planning is a well-established element of the value chain for fleets of vehicles. It is expected that autonomous vehicles will have a huge impact in this area, and that this project will help the industry prepare for this eventuality by developing solutions for operating fleets of autonomous vehicles. Transport Systems Catapult spin-out ‘Immense Simulations’ is designed to meet the needs of this project”

The Collaborative Research and Development project team also includes Cubic Transportation Systems, a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for transportation authorities and operators.  The research work will be performed at the Cubic Innovation Centre in London and in Transport Systems Catapult Milton Keynes office.

“Research in autonomous vehicles has so far centred on the technical problem of removing drivers. This ambitious project will fill a much needed gap: how we then optimise these vehicles on a huge scale to ensure they fulfil the promise of greater efficiency. Equally, little effort has been made in understanding the indirect consequences of introducing the autonomous vehicles. The ability to simulate the potential effects of these fleets will be invaluable to the industry”, said Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable.

“Powerful simulation which includes thousands, or even millions, of entities simulated in real-time, has always been hindered by the inability of developers to integrate and scale existing models easily, or to run them at massive scale or in real time. Our platform, SpatialOS, solves these problems. We are excited by the ambition of this project and look forward to seeing how SpatialOS will enable a new tool for the transport industry,” said Narula.

The OECD has predicted that the autonomous vehicles fleet will deliver the same mobility with 70% fewer vehicles, but that they will drive further than the current fleet. It is through fleet optimisation, then, that the opportunity arises to ensure that autonomous vehicles have a positive impact on pollution and congestion, as well as creating significant savings for fleet operators.


Further Information

About Immense Simulations

Immense Simulations is a spin-out from the Transport System Catapult, one of ten elite technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. The TSC was created to drive and promote the intelligent mobility market – using new and emerging technologies to transport goods and people more efficiently.

One of the barriers they identified was the ability of modelling and analytics to work in domains with bigger datasets and bigger scopes. Not just to look at a junction, road or corridor, but to consider a whole city.

The creation of Immense Simulations to commercialise some of the TSC’s ideas is part of their approach to supporting the growing Intelligent Mobility market.

Immense Simulations is partnering with other innovative start ups and established engineering companies in high profile projects and will be bringing solutions to your streets over the next few years.

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About Transport Systems Catapult

The Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world. We are here to support business growth, increase the UK’s share of the global Intelligent Mobility market, and attract investment – creating jobs and generating long-term economic growth.

We will help sell UK capability on the global stage, while also promoting the UK as a superb test bed for the transportation industry. With a clear emphasis on collaboration, we are bringing together diverse organisations across different modes of transport, breaking down barriers and providing a unique platform for meeting the world’s most pressing transport challenges.

The Transport Systems Catapult is one of an elite network of not-for-profit technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. All Catapults obtain their funds from a combination of core Innovate UK support and competitively won business and public sector funding. In addition, the Transport Systems Catapult is receiving substantial funding from the UK’s Department for Transport. For more information, please visit

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About Improbable

Improbable is a technology company dedicated to solving the toughest problems in computation and in the real world, by enabling developers to build applications to understand complex systems.

They recently announced SpatialOS, a distributed operating system capable of running simulations of an unprecedented scale and complexity by harnessing the power of cloud computing. SpatialOS enables new and exciting opportunities for visualising and interacting with complex systems, as well as integrating pre-existing software into much larger simulations.

Founded in 2012, Improbable received $20m in Series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz in March 2015.

Improbable contact:

Sibel Sunar


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About Cubic Corporation

Cubic Corporation designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets. As the parent company of two major business units, Cubic’s mission is to increase situational awareness and understanding for customers worldwide. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services to create intelligent travel solutions for public transit authorities and operators. Cubic Global Defense is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems, secure communications and networking and highly specialized support services for military and security forces of the U.S. and allied nations. For more information about Cubic, please visit the company’s website at or on Twitter @CubicCorp.

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