Autonomous tech pioneer Fusion Processing bolsters executive team with appointment of Nick Sturge as non-executive chairman


Fusion Processing Ltd, today, announced Nick Sturge has joined the automated drive company as non-executive Chairman.

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 state-of-the-art automated drive systems and ADAS 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 with supporting many 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.

Fusion Processing CEO Jim Hutchinson commented: “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”.

Fusion Processing Non-Exec Chairman Nick Sturge: “I’m joining Fusion Processing at a very exciting time. The Bristol-based technology company are 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 Processing’s automated drive systems are being used in a number of leading autonomous vehicle trials, including CAVForth – a project led by Fusion in partnership with Stagecoach Group, Alexander Dennis, Transport Scotland, Napier University and the Bristol Robotics Lab. The project is on track to deploy a bus service carrying up to 10,000 passengers per week later in 2022. Fusion is also supplying their 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.

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.