FAQs

I want to take part but don’t know where to start

We run or speak at meetup events (free to attend) events regularly. These started in September 2016 and are our primary outreach and community-building activity. These are publicised on meetup.com and via our mailing list, and are a great place to get started.  There’s also a Driverless UK Slack channel, if you’d like an invite, please contact us.

I’m not based in the country where the event is taking place, can I attend?

Yes. All events are open to international participants, but permits, visas, transport and logistical support are up to you to organise.

I’m a Blogger / YouTuber / superfan / member of the public – can I come and watch?

We don’t have space for spectators but if you’ve got a relevant YouTube channel, blog or website, please contact us.

I have a vehicle or technology I’d like to test, what are the next steps?

Please contact us as soon as possible. We can talk through your testing needs and see how we can help.

Are more events planned?

Yes. We plan to run several track events in 2018, check the event calendar.

Are you affiliated to ‘Self Racing Cars’

No, but we are in contact and think what they are doing is great.  Joshua and the SRC team but they did a great job at their ‘world first’ event in May 2016 and that really inspired us to take the ‘self driving bull’ by the horns in Europe.  The team there are US based and have a great network there, while our audience is largely in the Europe.

Why are you doing this?

To support the development of autonomous vehicle technology, startups, students, innovators and help organisations of all sizes get to grips with what vehicles of the future might be capable of.

Are you hiring?

For any jobs in the company, please check Open positions on our parent company website.

Do you plan to run an autonomous race series?

Yes. Early days yet, but if you’re interested, please join the Formula RoboKart mailing list.

Who are the founders?

Alex Lawrence-Berkeley (LinkedIn) promotes the world’s largest vehicle perception event, AutoSens.  Robert Stead (LinkedIn) is MD of Sense Media, the company behind AutoSens, and also an occasional car nut.

We want to take part but we’re in stealth mode

We are happy to support your privacy. We don’t force anyone into press or media activity, and the amount of branding you show off is entirely up to you. You will be obliged to follow marshal instructions and attend the Safety Briefing, but otherwise your level of interaction with others is up to you if you’re using the track.

Do you support Formula Student Driverless / Formula SAE / Student Robotics / other robotic or driverless vehicle competitions?

Absolutely.  All student-lead teams (i.e. in full-time education) will always qualify for our lowest rates – in fact we’re aiming to ensure track time and workshop costs are close to free for all Student groups.  We invest the majority of our income and revenue from our commercial activity into the future of our industry, keeping costs down for organisations delivering exciting and relevant educational opportunities.

Who do you work with?

In short, pretty much everyone, we’re a friendly bunch… generally speaking we work with a lot of companies around the industry through our other product brands within Sense Media Group, such as AutoSens, our conference for automotive sensor technologists.

We also work with universities, governments (not just in the UK) and their agencies, and support them with insight and contacts where it’s helpful, however we are a completely independent, privately owned and self-funding company.  Outside from our visible relationships, we also work with a number of other organisations on slightly more private projects.