Driverless cars hit the streets of London in July

Next time you’re in Bristol, Coventry, Greenwich or Milton Keynes, look out for these futuristic pod-like vehicles driving about.

Because they’ll be coming to a street near you very soon.

Undated handout photo issued by TRL of shuttle pods at Heathrow Airport which will be adapted to become the first driverless vehicles to be tested on London roads. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 29, 2016. The pods, which resemble small automated train carriages, are currently being used at Heathrow Terminal 5 and will be developed to work without dedicated tracks, the UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) said. The vehicles will then be used in trials of driverless cars in Greenwich this summer as part of the Gateway project led by TRL. See PA story TRANSPORT Driverless. Photo credit should read: TRL/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by TRL of shuttle pods at Heathrow Airport which will be adapted to become the first driverless vehicles to be tested on London roads. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 29, 2016. The pods, which resemble small automated train carriages, are currently being used at Heathrow Terminal 5 and will be developed to work without dedicated tracks, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) said. The vehicles will then be used in trials of driverless cars in Greenwich this summer as part of the Gateway project led by TRL. See PA story TRANSPORT Driverless. Photo credit should read: TRL/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The first driverless cars to be tested in the UK will resemble the electric passenger shuttles in use at Heathrow Airport.

The UltraPODs, as they have been called, are currently being adapted for use on the roads and though their exact design hasn’t been revealed, it has been confirmed that they will not run on dedicated tracks.

ALSO READ  Apple Hires New Robotics Expert

The cars and public reaction to them will be tested in four places, Bristol, Coventry, Greenwich and Milton Keynes, and the first seven will be tested around the Greenwich Peninsula from July.

These are likely to include residential areas, the North Greenwich underground station and businesses around the O2 arena.

Each pod can carry up to six passengers but will require a steward to be present at all times in case of an emergency.

The £8m project is jointly funded by government agency Innovate UK and industry.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *