Thursday, June 9, 2016

London - Greenwich introduces driverless automated passenger vehicles

(Southwest London Chamber of Commerce ) - Greenwich has been chosen as one of four places in the UK to run formal trials into how driverless cars could be integrated into everyday life.

The zero emission driverless car research in Greenwich, called the GATEway scheme, is being funded by a government competition, which challenged local authorities and businesses to come up with research projects to help introduce driverless cars.

Council leader Councillor Denise Hyland said: "This is a fantastic coup for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and demonstrates its growing reputation as one of the UK's leading locations for smart city innovation.”

Led by the Transport Research Laboratory consultancy the £8 million GATEway scheme will carry out tests of automated passenger vehicle shuttles as well as automated parking for adapted cars in the borough with initial testing taking place on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Issues such as risk, liability and insurance will be specifically addressed in the tests while simulated pedestrian interaction with automated vehicles will be developed as well as adaptation to traffic lights to enable safe and effective automated vehicle operation.