Self-driving company expands to Canada

A Coventry-based self-driving vehicle specialist is expanding with its third international office.

Aurrigo, the autonomous vehicle (AV) division of RDM Group, are opening a new sales and technical office in Ottawa, Canada.

Aurrigo designs and develops driverless vehicles, including its PodZero, which is designed to link transport hubs with city centre shops and offices, and can carry up to four people.

The company is now looking for academic, industry and government partners to support testing, validation and development.

David Keene, chief executive, said the expansion means the company can start trialing autonomous vehicles in Canada.

“We have received significant global interest in our technology and have already invested in ‘on-the- ground’ presences in Australia and the US. Canada, with its forward-facing approach to innovation, was the next natural opportunity and we’re delighted we have now put a marker in the sand to show our commitment to the region,” he said.

Steven Del Duca, minister of Economic Development and Growth at the government of Ontario, said: “Ontario’s thriving auto sector and cutting-edge research in autonomous vehicles make it the perfect place for Aurrigo to expand its operations. The firm’s presence in Ontario will also help strengthen the province as a global leader in this exciting new sector.”