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Driverless cars hit British streets in landmark trial

Driverless cars hit British streets in landmark trial

MILTON KEYNES: Driverless vehicles carrying passengers took to Britain’s streets for the first time on Tuesday in a landmark trial which could pave the way for their introduction across the country.

The compact two-seater cars trundled along a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes, north of London, in a trial by Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) which plans to roll out 40 vehicles in the city.

Neil Fulton, programme director at TSC, said it represented a “major milestone” for autonomous vehicles in Britain.

“The special thing about today is that this is the first time that a self-driving vehicle has been tested in a public place” in Britain, he said.




Although the system is currently only being trialled on pedestrianised streets at speeds of around five miles per hour, self-driving cars on British roads “are not that far away”, he added.

Published in Dawn October 12th, 2016

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