With operations in the UK, EU and China as an internationally leading SME in the Geospatial Science and Civil Engineering field, UbiPOS UK Ltd has excelled as a well-recognised leader for continuous R&D and innovation of advanced and innovative ubiquitous solutions to tackle both engineering and environmental issues that are related to the provision of outdoor and indoor positioning navigation and tracking. All of these activities are backed with the unique capacities for the development of UbiPOS algorithms, devices, system platforms, validation and commercial exploitation. The company headquarters and main offices are based in the UK (Nottingham and London).
The ESA sponsored KS project CoDRIVE was completed in 2018 and achieved successful outcomes. The current CoDRIVE Demo project is a natural development of this feasibility study. All of these above achievements give this consortium the confidence and belief that the CoDRIVE Demo project will continue to build on such successes and fulfil even-more innovative results.
The University of Nottingham (UNOTT) is one of the top 100 universities in the world, one of the top-ten universities in the UK and part of the elite UK research intensive Russell group. According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the UK more than 97 per cent of research at the University is recognised internationally, with wide-ranging impacts on society, the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment. More than 80 per cent of Nottingham research is ranked in the highest categories ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
The Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI & former Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG)) is part of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham which has annual research awards in excess of €27million and a total research portfolio of over €110m. NGI is a world leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institute that is based at the University of Nottingham. NGI specialises in spatial and location-based science and engineering, empowered by satellite positioning, remote sensing and integrated technologies.
Changan UK R&D Centre LTD. (Changan UK), representing one of the largest car manufacturers in China, has formed a partnership with the consortium and aims to develop a business model reliant on high volume sales of the low-cost CoDRIVE platform.
“Galacticos”, their first unmanned car, recently finished a 2000km road test and Changan is now actively working on CAV R&D through its global research centres in China, the UK and US dedicated to developing SAE Level 2-4 driverless vehicles. Changan UK R&D Centre Limited (CAUK) is a UK company set up by Changan Automobile in June 2010 in Nottingham. Changan UK is dedicated to Powertrain design and development for Changan's next generation vehicles. In October 2015, Changan UK relocated to Birmingham where it set up its long term UK base. It has ambitious expansion plans of building their own test facility in Birmingham for future vehicles.
Through Changan UK the CoDRIVE consortium have the access to their advanced testing facilities and tracks and the latest vehicles produced in China and the US.
LLEO Ltd. (Low Level Earth Observation) Limited was founded in 2013 by Mr Keith Geary following its development at the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre at Harwell in Oxfordshire in 2011-2012.
LLEO is certified to operate and insured commercially to operate fixed wing and multirotor sub 7kg Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. LLEO uses electrically powered micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems to produce super spatial resolution earth surface imagery in the visible and Near Infra-Red region of the electromagnetic spectrum to support land surface management. The imagery is used to support variable rate nitrogen applications at the field scale through deriving nitrogen maps of the cropped land (in the case of agricultural application). LLEO supports existing users of Earth Observation (EO) satellite images by providing them with timely imagery when satellite acquisitions are not feasible due to cloud cover, together with those users which require images in key stages of the vegetation growth cycle. LLEO was a founding member of the UAV Special Interest Group at Harper Adams University and participated in the former BIS Commercial UAV Workshop - Challenger Business Programme and Thales Pit Stop for Agricultural Drones held at the Digital Catapult in January 2016. During the past years of developing drones for farming, LLEO has worked with several independent developers to create a plant counting and NDVI mapping application that is being further developed to incorporate digital potato crop models. The expertise attained on machine control, autonomy, remote sensing, sensor integration and image processing will greatly benefit the delivery of CoDRIVE.