9TH OCTOBER 2018
Oxbotica, the autonomous software company, today announces the appointment of Fraser Robinson to its board of directors. This follows Oxbotica’s recent completion of a £14 million investment which will support the next stage of its international development.
Robinson comes with a rare and proven track record, most recently leading Uber’s investment negotiations, strategy and partnerships in EMEA, including the headline $3.5bn investment by the Saudi Public Investment Fund and the $3.6bn merger with Russia’s Yandex.Taxi. As Uber’s Head of Business for EMEA until late 2017, he steered the company through multiple complex business decisions. Prior to Uber, he held a number of senior positions within technology and e-commerce, including Managing Director of Lastminute.com.
As a strong advocate for the potential of autonomous vehicles, he has been appointed to lead Oxbotica’s business strategy as the company scales its activities globally, following its recent funding round from leading investors IP Group, Parkwalk Advisors and AXA XL.
Founded in 2014, Oxbotica’s software uses the latest in computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence to enable vehicles to operate autonomously in any environment and on any terrain. Its infrastructure-free, modular software has already been deployed across multiple industry-leading projects where the application of autonomy is commencing, such as last mile delivery with Ocado, at London Heathrow Airport and in multiple vehicles on roads in complex urban environments.
Fraser Robinson, Board Director at Oxbotica, said: “Autonomous vehicles are primed to transform a range of industries including driverless cars, mobility services, airports, ports, mines, farms and space exploration. The versatility of Oxbotica’s software means it is perfectly positioned to power this transformation, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Oxbotica leadership team to deliver this bold ambition.
“My interests and expertise are in driving strategy for disruptive and innovative tech businesses during periods of high growth, and to maximise the commercial potential of products and services. This is precisely the period Oxbotica has now entered which, combined with the chance to work with such a world-class leadership team, is what makes joining the company such an exciting step for me.”
Graeme Smith, CEO of Oxbotica, said: “We are in an exciting phase of our growth and Fraser’s expertise in developing disruptive business strategy and global partnerships makes him a very important addition to our Board. Fraser has a proven ability to support the scaling that Oxbotica is now embarking on and will help accelerate our exciting trajectory towards mass deployment of fleets of self-driving vehicles.”