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What's new in Oxford : April - June 2017

For earlier news on Oxford activities check out our blog.


June 2017: We're making the city better through data

We're working with Google's mobility data - the information that's collected from Android smartphones and which you can see as road congestion markers on Google maps - to to help find innovative ways to address transport issues for Oxford. Our data scientists are researching innovative ways to forecast and understand transport network resilience and anomalies in the city.   >> Read more


June 2017: We're bidding to be European Capital of Innovation

Commended for 'its vision to openly share the wealth of knowledge within its world-class innovation ecosystem', Oxford was a finalist in last year's competition for iCapital - the European Capital of Innovation Award. Much has happened in the interim, and this year the city is competing for the title once again, based on our status as the most innovative ecosystem in the UK.   >> Read more


May 2017: We're running a world-wide Smart City competition

We've just announced our worldwide competition to implement in Oxford a distinctive idea to help make the more liveable, open and collaborative, making use of the city's existing infrastructure and smart city technologies, the winner will be given a commission of up to £30,000 to turn their idea into reality. Closing date: 20 June.   >> Read more


May 2017: We're developing as a Smart Heritage City

As part of an initiative for Oxford to become a Smart Heritage City, our museums are working with the University of Oxford's e-Research Centre to explore the use of Linked Data as a way of de-siloing heritage information. This pilot project follows on from the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to twin the cities of Udaipur and Oxford as Smart Heritage Cities. Read More »


April 2017: We're taking driverless to the next level

In a world's first, Oxford partners will deploy a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles in urban areas and on motorways capable of performing all safety-critical driving functions with zero-passenger occupancy. Running from Oxford to London, no connected and autonomous vehicle trial at this level of complexity and integration has ever been attempted before. Read More »


April 2017: We're Mapping the city

Cutting-edge pulsed laser (LIDAR) based technology from Oxford's Robotics Institute means that Oxford is uniquely positioned to identify and accurately locate city issues, at low cost, that would previously have needed manual inspection or public feedback. We're looking to identify things such as potholes, fly tipping, broken street furniture, and badly insulated buildings. Watch our video here»


April 2017: We're developing high-tech parking solutions

We're developing a scheme for up to the minute information showing the occupancy of Blue Badge spaces, car parks and some city centre pay and display spaces, as well as new electric vehicle charge points. Data will be sourced from parking sensors and multi-bay monitoring cameras for real-time visibility of parking availability.   Read More »


April 2017: We're welcoming StreetDrone - democratising driverless tech development

An Oxford-based consortium is developing StreetDrone ONE in partnership with Renault. The first affordable autonomous-ready electric car designed to accelerate the development of autonomous vehicle technology, StreetDrone will make it easier and cheaper for smaller institutions to get involved in the design of autonomous vehicle systems. Deliveries will start in August this year. Read More »


April 2017: We're developing a UK testbed for driverless vehicles

As a private, fenced-off centre with about 10km of public-standard roads, the Culham Science Centre, just south of Oxford, is proving an ideal testbed for UK driverless vehicle testing. Our Oxfordshire-based consortium now has government funding for an official study on the site's feasibiity as a test-centre, as well as public perceptions towards driverless vehicles. Read More »


March 2017 and earlier

For Smart Oxford news from March and earlier check out our blog »




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