Oxfordshire is a county in South East England. It is situated on the North Sea-Mediterranean TEN-T corridor. Oxfordshire cities’ transport networks have historically been developed to provide access to city centres. New areas of growth require appropriate levels of access and strengthened linkages.
Oxfordshire is home to around 666,000 people, an increase of over 10% in the past decade. The county is divided into five district council areas, with a quarter of the county’s residents living in Oxford city. It is home to nearly 30,000 businesses, providing over 380,000 jobs. It sits on the busy road and rail transport corridor between the south coast ports, the Midlands and the north and enjoys easy links to London and West Midlands. The county is the second more rural area at the UK’s South East, with a combination of urban (both historic and modern), peri-urban, highways and rural locations.
Harmony in Oxfordshire
The pilot demonstration will be conducted at Milton Park. It is a science and technology park, a collaborative working environment and a welcoming community that fuels innovation and sustainable growth for more than 250 businesses. The Park sits within the Technology Arc and Golden Triangle which encompasses a strategic area of science and technology businesses between Oxford, Cambridge and London. Harmony will:
- engage and work with regional, national and international stakeholders and citizens in co-creation labs;
- integrate and demonstrate electric AVs for passenger and freight and heavy-lift drones;
- collect primary data;
- apply the model suite;
- recommend updates for the regional spatial and transport planning strategy.
This pilot will enable the transport of essential medical supplies from the ambulance centre to locations of need within the park, showcasing faster connectivity and reliable journey times for the use case. There will also be integration with CAVs to trial delivery of parcels within the business park.
The key challenges that are being targeted as part of this UAV + CAV demonstration are speed, efficiency and coordination. This project proposes to tackle these challenges by looking at new mobility services that can provide a faster mode of travel (and thus provide time gains) in conjunction with existing delivery mechanisms to provide minor interventions that can better utilise the system. The smooth implementation of such a project combined with rigorous exercises on social acceptance and integrated policy requirements will enable scalability and replicability.
The drones by GRIFF Aviation that will be used during the HARMONY demo in Oxfordshire.