First UK trial of driverless pods paves way for autonomous taxis

Signal of change / First UK trial of driverless pods paves way for autonomous taxis

By James Goodman / 14 Oct 2016

"Cars have the answers: It might not seem as sexy as Tesla or Google’s driverless car projects, but the trial demonstrates how most people are likely to first experience driverless cars: as a shared transit system in city centres.

“We’re ready for the public right now,” says Paul Newman, director of the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group. “I think you will see autonomous vehicles rolled out in places like Olympic parks or central cities pretty soon, but it’s going to be a while before you can go into a garage and buy a car without a steering wheel.”"



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