South West’s best tech and cyber connected man takes on role at Bristol’s Fusion Processing

Nick Sturge, Fusion Processing

Bristol-based Fusion Processing Ltd, which designs and builds automated driving systems, has appointed Nick Sturge MBE as non-executive Chairman.

Nick is well known across the region as founder of Bristol’s innovation and business hub, The Engine Shed, non-executive Chair of TechSpark, the not-for-profit South West tech ecosystem, policy advisor for United Kingdom Science Park Association and a strategic adviser to Cheltenham Borough Council on its multi million pound Golden Valley development, which the council is aiming to become a major hub for cyber in the UK.

Fusion Processing is leading the consortium developing Europe’s first full-sized autonomous bus for CAVForth.

CAVForth is the world’s most complex and ambitious full sized autonomous bus pilot. Part funded by Innovate UK, it will deliver a fleet of five AV Level 4 buses providing a scheduled passenger service along a 30 mile route between Edinburgh and Fife, across the Forth Road Bridge in 2021, carrying up to 10,000 passengers per week. Fusion is working in partnership with Stagecoach Group, Alexander Dennis, Transport Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and the Bristol Robotics Lab.

Fusion Processing’s automated drive systems are being used in a number of leading autonomous vehicle trials, including CAVForth. Fusion is also supplying its automated drive system to MultiCAV, a project with First Group and Oxfordshire County Council to trial autonomous electric last-mile passenger services at Milton Park, Oxfordshire.

Nick joins the board alongside CEO Jim Hutchinson, CFO Ian Selwood and Marketing Director Jim Fleming. Together they lead the multidisciplinary Fusion team in developing automated drive systems and ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) technologies for the automotive sector.

As a Chartered Director and strategic advisor Nick has a strong background in developing technologies and supporting businesses on their growth trajectories. His experience supporting growing technology companies during his time at SETsquared Bristol ensures Nick is well placed to help Fusion Processing expand into new high growth sectors, such as automating freight, logistics and local delivery vehicles.

Jim Hutchinson, said: “We’re delighted to have Nick Sturge join the Board. His experience and enthusiasm for innovative technology will help maintain our momentum within some of the world’s most exciting and complex autonomous vehicle programmes, principally CAVForth and MultiCAV, where we’re working with the UK’s biggest bus operators and moving towards passenger services later this year”.

Nick added: “I’m joining Fusion Processing at a very exciting time. The company is at the leading edge of autonomous projects and operating the very highest standards of safety. I’m looking forward to being part of the autonomous vehicle revolution as we lead project CAVForth and begin carrying members of the public on full sized autonomous buses later this year”.

Fusion’s innovative ADAS products include a Camera Mirror System that replaces cumbersome HGV and bus wing mirrors with CycleEyeCMS units that pack high-resolution optical cameras, infrared and radar into a sleek unit, feeding HD video to screens mounted on the vehicle A-pillars. These innovations add up to unrivalled visibility around the vehicle, coupled with visual and audible warnings to the driver to alert them to vulnerable road users moving alongside the vehicle.