FAQs

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

We organise free networking / meetup events every month. These started in September 2016 and are our primary outreach and community-building activity. These are listed above but also publicised on meetup.com and via our mailing list. Attendees can form teams at these, or at least meet with others with appropriate skills or technologies to eventually build a team.

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?

Sorry, we don’t have capacity to support spectators as these are research events. This is partly to protect teams working on innovations they don’t wish to share, and partly as some of our venues are not open to the general public.

Safety is of paramount importance to us.  If you’re not an accredited member of the press, or invited by us directly, you must be part of, or attached to one of the participating teams or sponsors to attend events.  If you are in one of these categories and would like to attend, please contact us directly.

I have a vehicle 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 hope to run several events in 2018.

Are you affilliated to ‘Self Racing Cars’

Not officially, 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.  We’ll be working with SRC and co-promoting their activities as well as our own, as the team there are US based and have a great network there, while our network is largely in 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?

Yes we are – Open positions.

Do you plan to run an autonomous race series?

Not at the moment, but we’re expecting to work with organisations that are and plan to in the future.

 

Who are the founders?

Alex Lawrence-Berkeley (LinkedIn) promotes the world’s largest vehicle perception event, AutoSens, and is an occasional car nut.  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.

How should our team be structured?

We don’t mind, but you should have a named Team Principal and a Deputy Team Principal to be the main and back-up contact for us.  You should also appoint a Safety Officer (this can be the same person as the TP or DTP).

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.

 

If we form a team with other organisations, who owns the intellectual property?

We recommend any team coming together from multiple companies or organisations thinks carefully about what could happen to any resulting Intellectual Property and uses an established partnership structure, such as the Lambert Toolkit, which is free to use.

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.