We’ve all seen the crazy driverless concept cars, but the reality is a little less Tron…
London’s first driverless cars have been revealed, and they’re actually not as exciting as you’d imagine.
The cars, which will be trialled in Greenwich in July this year, are actually adapted passenger shuttles currently in use at Heathrow Airport.
The driverless car trials were announced last year, and will see autonomous vehicles tested on public roads in four locations across the UK.
As well as Greenwich, self-driving cars will hit the streets in Bristol, Coventry, and Milton Keynes.
It’s part of an £8 million project that’s jointly funded by the government and businesses.
Seven of the modified airport pods will be cruising around the Greenwich Peninsula, although routes have yet to be finalised.
The pods are currently used to ferry passengers between Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and the car park – although they’re fixed to a track right now.
The newly adapted versions will be tested for three months, and will be able to carry six passengers.
There are also plans to include a steward aboard every pod, tasked with manning an emergency button in the event of a crisis.
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But when will we be riding around in our own self-driving cars? Ford recently told TrustedReviews that it believes fully autonomous, consumer-ready vehicles will be driving on actual road routes as soon as 2020.
Check out the interview with Don Butler, Executive Director for Connected Vehicles and Services at Ford, below:
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