Autonomous vehicle software provider Oxbotica has appointed Gavin Jackson as its new CEO.

Jackson is a former UK managing director at Microsoft, leading its enterprise commercial business, and managing director at Amazon Web Services, where he oversaw all EMEA operations. 

He takes up the new role with immediate effect with the aim of accelerating the company’s commercial deployment across multiple fleet-operating domains.

Among its partnerships, Oxbotica is developing applications of its autonomous vehicle hardware and software platform in collaboration with Ocado to automate warehouse vehicles, last-mile delivery vehicles and kerb-to-kitchen robots. 

It is also developing a Level 4 self-driving system with ZF to enable passenger shuttles in major cities around the world, as well as deploying autonomy for BP vehicle fleets in a variety of industrial domains including wind farms, solar farms and refineries.

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“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be at the heart of a transformational change in the way we live and work,” said Jackson. 

“The technology we are developing at Oxbotica will make the world safer, more sustainable, more accessible and more efficient, whilst changing the entire economic model for fleet operators.” 


Paul Newman, founder and CTO at Oxbotica, said: “We are incredibly excited to welcome Gavin to the Oxbotica family at a pivotal moment in both the company’s journey, and on the road to autonomy. 

“We are now part of a global ecosystem of world-class partners who are all collaborating to unlock the true potential of autonomy. Gavin’s résumé in the technology sector is unparalleled and he will help take Oxbotica to the next level as we continue to scale.”


Oxbotica has raised total funds of around $100 million, with investors including BGF, bp ventures, Halma, HostPlus, IP Group, Tencent, Venture Science and funds advised by Doxa Partners. 

Further investment was secured during 2021 from Ocado Group and ZF.