Elderly test out driverless cars

Residents of a care home in Bristol have been testing out the latest driverless car technology.

The Pod Zero vehicles are part of the £5.5m FLOURISH project that came to an end last month after three years. The residents of the St Monica Trust could try them out to travel around the grounds of the home in Westbury-on-Trym.

“Throughout the last three years, the FLOURISH team has been committed to exploring how innovative new technologies can be used to keep our cities moving and people connected,” said Tracey Poole, FLOURISH Project Manager and Transport Planning specialist at Atkins.

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SPARKies 2019 Shortlist

This year has seen a record number of nominations for the SPARKies tech and digital awards 2019, and they’ve been some of the highest quality ever seen.

Across 16 award categories, 18 Judges have spent 2 weeks carefully deliberating over some of the most creative and innovative projects, companies, experiences and designs – as well as some of the most dedicated people in the region – all deserving of recognition for the work they’ve done to support and grow the South West tech cluster.

Short list 

2019 Top Robotics Companies – Robotics Business Review

Innovation and commercial success are key for the top 50 commercial and industrial robotics companies in the world.

Robotics Business Review is proud to announce the RBR50 2019, our annual list of the top 50 robotics companies as determined by our judging team, which this year included assistance from top research firm IDC.


Universities Minister Tours Enterprise Zone and Robotics Lab on Visit to UWE Bristol

Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, toured Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) and the University Enterprise Zone (UEZ) as part of a visit to UWE Bristol.

The minister, MP for Kingswood, met UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West and BRL Director Professor Chris Melhuish during the visit earlier today (Fri 22 March).

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Free Robotics Workshop 28/29th March 2019

Introduction to Robotics

Free workshop for SMEs in the West of England

Date: Thursday, 28th and Friday, 29th March 2019

Location: Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus

Time: 10:00  – 16:00 (both days)

Register online
Engineers from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory will deliver this free two-day workshop, which provides a practical introduction to the topic of industrial robotics.
Whatever your level of experience or ability, you will have the chance to get ‘hands on’ with our robot arms, gaining an insight into different hardware options and operating systems, while being able to question experienced technicians.
Open to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, the workshop will be held in the RIFBristol workspace – a supportive environment in which to learn the basics of robotics.
The agenda provides an overview of the robotics sector, a tour of the Laboratory and an opportunity to carry out practical tasks with three different robot arms.
We aim to provide a grounding in the concepts, opportunities and operational considerations involved in using robots for innovation and research – helping to de-risk potential hardware purchases by increasing knowledge and confidence.

The free, two-day workshop if offered by the SABRE Programme, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory’s £1m ERDF-funded initiative for SMEs in the West of England. Places are limited to the first six registrations, and to one delegate per organisation.

Register online to attend, or contact the SABRE team if you have any questions about the workshop, or the programme in general: RIFBristol@brl.ac.uk


Robotics Company Meets Crowdfunding Target

A Bristol-based robotics company has met its planned crowdfunding target as it looks to pilot its first product.

Service Robotics is planning to pilot its GenieConnect product with 150 users in the first half of 2019, with a view of launching the product commercially in late-2019.

The company hopes the product, a robotic companion for the over-65s, will gain 40,000 subscribers within three years, representing 1.1 per cent of the number of over 65s who live alone in the UK.


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Older Adults Required For Autonomous Vehicle Trial – Jan – Feb 2019

Volunteers aged 65 or over required

Simulator trial of automated connected vehicle

Volunteers will be given shopping vouchers


​UWE Bristol is looking for volunteers aged 65 or over to take part in a simulator-based autonomous vehicle trial.

The trial is open to anyone aged 65 or over, so please pass on to your family or friends.

The Flourish project, which includes partners from across the South West including UWE Bristol, is working to develop a connected autonomous vehicle that integrates the mobility needs of older people with a secure and connected infrastructure.

The project is about to start its third and final series of simulator trials.

In the trial participants will experience interacting with an autonomous vehicle, and give their feedback.

Whilst in the simulator each participant will make a number of journeys in an autonomous vehicle in an imaginary city and semi-rural environments.

We are looking for older participants (aged 65 or older) who are either drivers or non-drivers.

No previous experience is needed.

Participants will receive shopping vouchers as a thank you and to cover travel expenses for each activity.

All participants will come along to an introductory session scheduled for Monday 28 January and lasting around two hours to find out about the trial and to give us their initial thoughts on autonomous vehicles.

They will then individually spend 2-3 hours with us on another day during the trial period.

The trial runs until Thursday 28 February at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory on Frenchay campus.

If you are interested and would like to know more, please email Iveta at iveta.eimontaite@uwe.ac.uk