A driverless auto has been tried among members from the public for the first time in Milton Keynes, UK.
The two-seater electric vehicle went in a 1km (0.6-mile) circle on the pavements around the town’s railroad station. The group behind it hopes a fleet of 40 of the pods will be accessible to public in one year from now. It called the test “a landmark step” towards conveying self-driving vehicles to the streets of the UK. Neighborhood dignitaries and individuals from the press sat close by a safety driver, who was there to remove the auto from self-driving in case of emergency.
Program chief Neil Fulton said: “This public demonstration represents a major milestone for autonomous vehicles in the UK and the culmination of an extensive project involving UK companies and experts.
The autonomy software running the vehicle, called Selenium, was developed by Oxford University’s Oxford Robotics Institute and integrated by Oxford University spinout company Oxbotica.
Selenium uses data from cameras and LIDAR systems to navigate its way around the environment.
“Oxford University’s technology will go on to power automated vehicles around the world, and the project will now feed into a much wider programme of autonomous trials across the UK,” said Mr Fulton.
“Driverless vehicles are coming to Britain, and what we have demonstrated today is a huge step on that journey.”