London’s first driverless cars will be hitting the streets of Greenwich this summer, and everyone will be able to try them.
The project, developed by the Greenwich Automated Transport Environment (GATEway), aims to see autonomous vehicles rolling in the streets for the first time in UK.
Apparently this will be just a trial, as for now it’s not sure how driverless cars will impact on London.
But what exactly is a driverless car?
Basically, it’s a vehicle able to operate with no driver control input, thanks to an advanced system capable of automatizing some (or all) of the driving tasks.
One of the reasons why the government is supporting the introduction of these “futuristic” cars, is that they are expected to be much more safer than conventional vehicles.
As prevention is better than cure, though, every vehicle will have a staff member on it, just in case of emergencies.
The experiment will take place in TRL’s UK Smart Mobility Lab in Greenwich between June and August 2016, and the organisers are looking for volunteers.
Everyone is invited to take part in the trial, so if you are interested in an unconventional ride, just get involved!