Driverless cars on the streets of Croydon moved a step closer this week, with important data being gathered across the borough.
FiveAI, a leading UK business developing technology for autonomous vehicles, aim to trial a shared driverless passenger service in London by 2019.
Starting this week, up to 10 Five AI vehicles will be gathering information on the road environment and the behaviour of road users for the next 10 months.
The cars will be driven by fully trained, human safety drivers in the same way as any normal, road-going vehicle. The vehicles are not demonstrating autonomous technology at this stage.
“Throughout this exercise we want to keep residents informed about exactly what we’re doing, and why,” said Ben Peters, co-founder and VP product, FiveAI.
“We’ve been working closely with Croydon Council, Transport for London as well as all of the necessary authorities to ensure that this exercise is safe and fully compliant with UK law.”
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment & transport, said: “Automated vehicles have the potential to improve access to transport especially in the less well-connected areas of the borough and they offer an exciting opportunity to widen travel options for our residents.
“These preliminary activities will see drivers in specialised cars travelling across the borough to gather data on the operation of the road network in a variety of conditions. I am looking forward to seeing how autonomous vehicles can help Croydon achieve its potential.”