Driverless shuttle bus on trial by public in London

Published on : Wednesday, April 5, 2017

shuttle carsOver the coming three weeks, members of the British public will get their first extended trial of a driverless shuttle bus. About 100 people will travel in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London.


The car will travel at a highest speed of 10mph (16.1kmph) and will be controlled by a computer. During the tests, there will however be a trained person on board who can stop the shuttle as and when required.


Oxbotica, the firm that developed the technology behind the shuttle, said 5,000 members of the public had applied to take part. Chief executive Graeme Smith said that very few people have experienced an autonomous vehicle, and this would be one of a kind experience. They hope to gain acceptance from members of the public for vehicles sharing this kind of space with them.


The shuttle seats four people and has no steering wheel or brake pedal. There will be proper protection during the trial with five cameras and three lasers which will help it navigate a two-mile riverside path near London’s O2 Arena – which is used by pedestrians and cyclists.


Interestingly, it can stop once it detects something in its path and beside that, there is an emergency brake if required.


Officials behind the Gateway Project believe the shuttles could improve transport links in Greenwich.


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