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London to test driverless shuttle bus (UK)

By News Editor / Updated: 07 Apr 2017

Around 100 people in London will get the opportunity to take part in the trial of a driverless shuttle bus.

The prototype bus will run along a route in Greenwich over the next three weeks.

The buses will be controlled by a computer and travel up to 16.1 km per hour, although there will be a trained person aboard who can stop the shuttle.

According to Oxbotica, the firm that developed the technology behind the shuttle, some 5 000 people had applied to take part.

'Very few people have experienced an autonomous vehicle, so this is about letting people see one in person,' chief executive Graeme Smith told the BBC.

'We hope to gain acceptance from members of the public for vehicles sharing this kind of space with them.'

The bus, which can see up to 100m ahead, has no brake pedal or steering wheel, and can take four people. It comes to a stop if it detects something it its path.

Five cameras and three lasers will help it navigate a two-mile riverside path near London's O2 Arena during the trial, an area also used by pedestrians and cyclists.

For more information, visit bbc.co.uk.

Image copyright: GATEway project.

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United Kingdom
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