It was recently announced that Cambridge will host the first UK autonomous vehicle trial with driverless shuttles this week.
Indeed, this trial aims to show that autonomous vehicles can share the roads with motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. The driverless shuttles developed by Aurrigo will be able to carry up to three passengers to adhere to social distancing measures and will drive between Cambridge’s Park and Ride site on Madingley Road and the University of Cambridge’s West Campus from Thursday until the end of June.
The shuttle will be using a combination of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, cameras, sensors as well as self-driving software so as to navigate traffic in the best way possible. However, the shuttles will all have a safety driver behind the wheel and a co-driver to ensure the safety of all.
This will be the first time that an autonomous vehicle will share the road with other traffic in the UK, showing the growing importance of self-driving vehicle adoption.
The trial is part of the Government’s Innovate UK and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV)-backed programme. Once the trial is done, the council will examine the data collected to see if similar services should be used in the future.