Driverless cars seen on London streets for first time
Self-driving cars are appearing on the streets of Bromley and Croydon in south London, as part of the first major test of the technology in the capital.
Autonomous vehicle company FiveAI is running supervised tests, during which a driver is stationed in the car in case of a mistake or emergency.
The tests mark the first time that self-driving vehicles have been seen on the streets of London, and are seen as a potential milestone on the route to mass adoption.
FiveAI wants to bring autonomous vehicles to consumer passengers as early as next year, and is using these tests to gather data about the city and its roads.
The company intends to launch a consumer service that it says will help reduce emissions and accidents on London’s streets.
FiveAI co-founder and chief executive Stan Boland said: “Safety and trusted partnerships are crucial to everything we do.
“We’ll continue to keep residents informed along the way, working closely with the London Boroughs and Transport for London.”
Jesse Norman, the government’s future of mobility minister, added: “The long-term potential for self-driving vehicles is huge – to improve road safety, tackle loneliness and isolation, and create economic opportunity.
“Self-driving cars are just one of many innovations we are likely to see on our roads.”