Oxbotica employs autonomy specialist to bolster off-road automation capabilities

Oxbotica, the autonomous software company, has appointed Richard Jinks (pictured) as Vice President – Commercial as it looks to take advantage of opportunities in industries such as mining and farming.

Jinks, who joins from AXA XL where he previously established a global autonomy programme, will have a specific focus on Off-Road and Risk Solutions, Oxbotica said.

“He will develop the company’s portfolio across off-highway industries, manage relationships and further extend its reach in international markets,” the company said.

The appointment is the latest in a number of moves Oxbotica has made to facilitate its rapid international growth, the company said. “These include the completion of a £14 million ($18 million) funding round, a strategic partnership with Addison Lee to collaborate on the deployment of autonomous vehicle services, and the appointment of Fraser Robinson, former Uber Head of Business, to its Board of Directors.”

Oxbotica says its 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, localisation software is already deployed in multiple industry-leading international customer projects in vehicles on roads in complex urban environments.”

Jinks said: “Autonomous vehicles will eventually become ubiquitous on public roads, but there are enormous opportunities in many industries – whether that’s at airports, down mines or in farms – to capitalise on in the intervening period and beyond.”