Autonomous Transport Pods Begin UK Public Trials


The vehicles are being trialed in Bristol by infrastructure firm AECOM, which is working with partners including the Bristol Robotics Laboratory to develop autonomous vehicles

The pods use sensors, radar and vision processing to navigate areas crowded with pedestrians, push-chairs and bikes.

This will be the first test which will allow members of the public to travel in the pods without any dedicated supervisor inside, with researchers studying their reaction to autonomous transport.

It’s hoped the pods could be used in cities across the UK to move people to venues, hailed by the public using an app.

The project, called CAPRI, is made up of 17 businesses and academic institutions including the University of the West of England, Bristol University and Heathrow Airport.

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