Oxfordshire Future Mobility
Invest in the UK’s innovation engine for autonomous, connected, electric and shared automotive technologies
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10 REASONS TO CHOOSE OXFORDSHIRE
1. Within the UK’s Testbed region for developing future mobility.
2. At the heart of the UK’s Motorsport Valley.
3. Opportunities to collaborate with exciting spin-outs from the University of Oxford.
4. Deploy testing facilities at world-recognised centres of excellence, including the CAV pit lane facility at RACE.
5. Manufacturing, distribution facilities and Grade A office space for businesses of all sizes, with opportunities to scale up.
6. Proven success in attracting international manufacturing and R&D companies.
7. Highly-educated population and technically-skilled workforce in engineering, physics and motorsport.
8. Thriving mobility and energy ecosystems, facilitating knowledge exchange.
9. Flourishing low carbon energy sector, generating around £1.14bn a year.
10. Excellent connectivity to London, the Midlands and south coast ports by rail and road, plus easy access to major airports.
Oxfordshire has some of Europe’s most successful clusters in connected and autonomous vehicles, motorsport, and energy storage solutions, each one stimulating innovation through multidisciplinary collaboration. Home to the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, it has unrivalled centres of academic research into software, machine learning and AI, robotics, alternative energy sources and advanced engineering. With a track record of establishing and attracting investment from around the world, it has seen over £2 billion in foreign direct investment since 2015. New vehicle technology will play a major part in making Oxfordshire one of the world’s top three innovation ecosystems by 2040 – the vision for OxLEP’s Local Industrial Strategy.
The county forms a large part of Testbed UK, a uniquelyresourced central UK region where CAV technologies can be taken from concept to manufacture. Geographically, Testbed runs between London and the Midlands, placing Oxfordshire at its centre. Foreign-owned companies which have expanded or established operations in Oxfordshire during the last three years include Waymo, BMW, Hyundai, Kia, Oxis Energy, Andretti, Zoox and Mahindra Group.
Through their world-leading research and teaching, Oxfordshire’s universities continue to push the boundaries of technology. Several departments within the University of Oxford are making future vehicle technology a focus of their research, including the Oxford Robotics Institute. The University is a global centre for AI research, and its chemistry department is actively researching the storage and utilisation of hydrogen in transport. Some of the region’s fastest-growing companies have grown out of the University of Oxford, including universal autonomy developer Oxbotica. Incoming businesses can benefit from collaboration with an array of exciting and highly-successful University spin-outs. The University’s commercialisation arm, Oxford University Innovation, has successfully spun out over 200 companies.