UK’s first self-driving bus takes to Cambridge roads

Self-driving shuttle bus begins carrying passengers around Cambridge University

UK’s first self-driving bus takes to Cambridge roads

The UK’s first driverless bus has taken to the streets in a new trial in Cambridge.

The trial, which was delayed for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, will see will see passengers using the autonomous shuttle 24/7.

The three-wheel shuttles will run on the roads around the University of Cambridge’s West Cambridge campus alongside other vehicles.

Each bus can carry ten passengers, travel at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour and has a range of 100 miles.

Greater Cambridgeshire mayor Nik Johnson said: “By working collaboratively on the future of sustainable transport solutions for Cambridge we not only help people get to and from work but also enable easier access to the cultural, leisure and family activities that we have missed in recent times. ”

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The trial of the vehicles developed by engineering firm Aurrigo will start next month.

The trial is part of a wider project by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and Smart Cambridge to evaluate the potential for driverless tech in public transport.

Cambridge Network director and GCP business representative said: “It is very exciting to see these vehicles working on real roads here as another first in Cambridge. 

“These shuttles can be used on demand all day and night, every day of the year — which is unaffordable with our existing public transport. ”

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