Double Queen’s Awards win for rFpro


UK-based automotive simulation software specialist, rFpro has won two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, being honored in both the Innovation and International Trade categories.

rFpro won the Innovation award for its driving simulation software that assists in the testing and training of autonomous vehicles by reducing the time and risk associated with the development of ADAS and autonomous vehicle technologies through simulated testing in accurate digital twins of thousands of miles of public roads. Simulation enables safe, reliable and repeatable testing for car manufacturers and their suppliers.

The second award, the International Trade award, was earned for rFpro’s strong overseas sales, which have grown by more than 62% over the last three years. The company’s products are used by seven of the world’s top 10 road car manufacturers, as well as teams across all the major global motorsport series, including Formula 1 and NASCAR.

“We are delighted that the hard work of everybody at rFpro has been acknowledged by the Queen’s Awards judging panel and so proud to be one of just a few companies to achieve a double award,” stated Chris Hoyle, rFpro founder and technical director. “It is an extremely exciting time for the automotive industry, but also a demanding one for manufacturers and their suppliers. Technology has never moved so quickly and expectations for improved vehicle efficiency and safety are rising at unparalleled speed. To play such a key role in the emergence of systems that help meet these expectations is hugely satisfying for our team, and recognition by the Queen’s Awards is further validation of our ongoing work. Our contribution to making the world’s road networks safer is reward enough, but it is fantastic to receive such prestigious recognition.”

Now in their 53rd year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are considered by many to be the UK’s most prestigious business awards, with winning businesses able to use the awards’ emblem for the next five years. rFpro will celebrate its awards during a royal reception at Buckingham Palace for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.

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Adam divides his time as an editor between the worlds of aviation and motoring. These worlds may seem a little diverse today, but autonomous technology and future urban mobility is bringing them ever-closer. Adam is also chairman of the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards.

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