Minister for Universities and Science the RT Hon David Willetts given a tour of a pod at Intelligent Mobility Showcase

Ultra Global Managing Director Fraser Brown last week had the opportunity to spend some time with the RT Hon David Willetts, the UK Minister for Universities and Science. The meeting with the minister came as the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) hosted a two week showcase exhibition highlighting some of the work being undertaken around the country within the Intelligent Mobility industry. In addition to a static display present at the Department’s Victoria Street office, Ultra Global were able to bring along a pod  for the visit which generated interest and intrigue from both department staff and curious passers-by throughout the day.

The example of Ultra Global would have been of particular interest to the Universities minister given the Company’s origins at Bristol University. Further still the meeting gave the opportunity for both parties to follow up following Ultra Global’s attendance on the UK Trade Mission to India earlier in the year which the minister was an integral part of.

During the meeting with the minister, Fraser was able to share some of the details of the work Ultra Global is currently doing not just around the world but at key developments in the United Kingdom including Bristol and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Regarding Ultra Global’s participation at the Innovation Showcase Fraser commented, ‘We are grateful for the opportunity to showcase Ultra’s technology alongside other exciting and innovative intelligent mobility solutions. The showcase highlights the strength and value of the expertise working in the engineering and technology industries in the United Kingdom today.’ On further engagement with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Fraser added  that ‘BIS’s key agenda for making progress on autonomous vehicles was one that was aligned with Ultra. Ultra has operated successfully at Heathrow for over 2 years and have safely travelled over 1 million miles.’

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