London’s first driverless cars on the way
Driverless cars will take to the streets of London this summer as testing phase is announced.
The Greenwich Automated Transport Environment project - or Gateway project - has announced that it will test seven driverless "pods" around the Greenwich Peninsula from July. According to the BBC, this will begin a three month testing period which will involve invited users at first but then extend to the general public.
"It will tell us whether people trust and accept these vehicles and how they would work as part of the urban landscape," said Professor Nick Reed, technical director for the Gateway project.
Similar electric pods are in use in Heathrow airport - shuttling passengers from the car-park to Terminal 5. "This vehicle has millions of miles under its belt and now we have to take it outside of the track and modify it for use on pavements," Professor Reed told the BBC.
In an all-British affair, the project will see three companies working side by side to develop the pods. British carmaker Westfield Sportscars will manufacture and test; Heathrow Enterprise will design the software and Oxbotica will be responsible for mapping and the pod's sensors.