BP is preparing to deploy its first driverless vehicle this year using technology from the Oxford University spinout in which it has a stake.
The oil major said that it had already successfully tested Oxbotica’s self-driving software at its Lingen refinery in Germany and that it aimed to start using it to monitor operations at the site by the end of 2021.
It is exploring opportunities for wider deployment across its operations to improve efficiency and eventually could develop an autonomous vehicle product for consumers.
BP’s ventures division led a $47 million funding round in Oxbotica last month, investing $13 million alongside companies including Tencent, the Chinese internet group.
The FTSE 100 member is one of Europe’s biggest oil and gas companies, with production equivalent