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2nd August 2022

Darwin at the Farnborough International Airshow

Darwin at the Farnborough International Airshow

We had the pleasure of attending the Farnborough Airshow 2022 this July: the first time the airshow had taken place in four years. The event was held from 18 to 22 July, and Darwin went along with ESA and UKSA to demonstrate some of the things we’ve achieved together.

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5th July 2022

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the University of Oxford visit Darwin

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the University of Oxford visit Darwin

On 17 June, we welcomed visitors from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and the University of Oxford!

Dr Sunao Aoki, former senior executive vice president and current special advisor at MHI, and Professor Budimir Rosic, associate professor of engineering science at St Anne’s College, paid a visit to Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, where Darwin’s UK office is based.

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28th June 2022

‘Darwin the Shuttle Runs Away’ children’s book launches at Harwell

‘Darwin the Shuttle Runs Away’ children’s book launches at Harwell

On Tuesday 7 June, our children’s picture book ‘Darwin the Shuttle Runs Away’ had its official launch at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus!

The book was created by a mother-and-daughter team: Darwin’s Harriet Evans wrote the story, and her mum, Alison Evans, illustrated it by hand. For the launch, the Darwin team visited the on-campus Bright Horizons and Little Stars nurseries, where Harriet and Alison read to the children.

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20th May 2022

Darwin: innovation in the use of 5G for connected mobility services

Darwin: innovation in the use of 5G for connected mobility services

Rodrigo Barreto, Darwin’s lead architect, has written this overview of Darwin’s inspiration, achievements and plans for the future.

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12th April 2022

What’s it like to operate an autonomous passenger vehicle?

What’s it like to operate an autonomous passenger vehicle?

It can seem strange to talk about ‘operating’ an autonomous vehicle; after all, autonomous vehicles operate themselves. At the moment, though, UK law requires a safety driver or operator to be present for any autonomous vehicle trial. The operator can be inside the vehicle or monitoring it from elsewhere, but they must be ready to take control of the vehicle at any point if necessary.

Paul Proteasa and Peter Antal have been serving as safety operators aboard the Darwin Autonomous Shuttle, an autonomous public transport service supported by ESA, for several months now. We spoke to them about what it’s like to operate the shuttle, and how it differs from their past experience with driving buses.

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