Westfield Autonomous Vehicles is the UKs first provider of fully autonomous vehicles for first mile – last mile transportation Globally Westfield are known for their Seven-style sports cars with over 20,000 sold worldwide. Westfield were the first niche vehicle company in the UK to obtain European Small Series Type Approval for its vehicles, processes and premises.
The Westfield POD is the UK’s first fully autonomous vehicle for first mile – last mile transportation. The POD has been developed in conjunction with Heathrow Airport and utilises the base technology platform from the work completed by ULTra PRT (Personal Rapid Transit).
The original system has now completed over 5 million kilometres in a live commercial environment serving Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 POD Parking. POD trials are currently ongoing, engaging with the general public to explore their perception, understanding and acceptance of autonomous vehicles.
Westfield Sportscars was founded in 1883 by historic grand prix competitor and engineer Chris Smith. By 1991 the company had developed sufficiently to move into their impressive factory in Kingswinford, West Midlands, where they are still manufacturing their popular range of Seven-style sports cars today. In late 2006 ownership of Westfield Sportscars transferred to family owned Potenza Sports Cars and a year later they purchased GTM Cars.
In 2009 Westfield became the first Niche Vehicle Manufacturer to be awarded European Small Series Production Status which immediately expanded their market in Europe. They have sold over 12,000 cars worldwide since 1983 and currently produce over 400 cars a year. The Westfield company itself is now also involved in the design, development and production of various autonomous vehicles, with their Pod now in use in several locations.
They recently aquired the Chesil Motor Company (see seperate listing) who made the Chesil 356 Speedster, a strong nod to Porsche's legendary 1950s ragtop, and will be adding this to their ever-growing list of products.
Wildcat Automotive are both automotive engineers and successful competitors in off-road motorsport. Indeed, their Managing Director has been involved in this sport for over 25 years. A few years ago, the original company QT Services aquired the rights to build and sell the Wildcat, an awesome off-road racer, from its originator Drew Bowler. Since then they have constantly developed and improved the Wildcat. They now build the current model the Wildcat W1 from their factory in Cornwall together with a new addition to the range, the LSV320 a specialist military vehicle. They are now in the process of developing the Wildcat W22, a totally new version of the W1.
The XCS 427, a carefully designed and built visual replica of the iconic 1960's sports car, is the brainchild of two engineers Peter Walker and Gary Saunders, who have worked together for over twenty years on various successful projects. Notably, they are also responsible for developing the patented Camber Compensation and Anti-Roll system, CC&AR which is an innovative update on the double-wishbone supsension set-up and is incorporated into the XCS 427.
Young Driver Motor Cars
Young Driver Motor Cars Limited™ is a division of Young Driver™ (established in 2009), which itself is the UK's largest provider of pre-17 age group driving lessons with 45 UK training centres. This division was created to develop and produce the world's first purpose-built electric car specifically designed for 5-10 year olds and in particular for them to learn to drive in.
The car, known as the Firefly, was premiered at the Gadget Show Live 2016, where members of the public were given the opportunity to drive one of four prototype chassis and provide feedback in the final development phase. Children have been involved throughout the development of Firefly, working with the designers and engineers to ensure that it provides a realistic driving experience.
The Firefly has been designed and is manufactured in the Midlands.
The ultimate aim is to give youngsters a greater insight in terms of road safety. By getting behind the wheel of a car, and tackling some day to day situations like junctions, passing cyclists and reversing, this age group will have a much clearer idea of how to protect themselves as pedestrians or on their bikes.