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Public in Greenwich to test driverless vehicles for the first time

Members of the public in Greenwich are being given the opportunity to test a driverless vehicle for the first time.

Around 100 people will travel in a prototype shuttle on a two-mile route near the O2 Arena over the next three weeks.

Five cameras and three lasers will help the vehicle navigate along a riverside path used by pedestrians and cyclists at up to 10mph, although there will also be a trained person on board who can stop the vehicle if required during the tests.

Dr Graeme Smith, chief executive of Oxbotica, which is developing the electric vehicles, said:

This needs to be like any other form of transportation. It shouldn't be a white-knuckle ride for passengers. We know we've got the software right when the journeys are unremarkable.

The vehicle will see up to 100 metres ahead and if it detects something that it thinks is in its path it will come to a nice graceful halt.

If it needs to emergency brake if somebody steps right in front, it can do that as well. It's been designed to be safe and fail-safe specifically in a pedestrianised environment. We look out for pedestrians, cyclists, cats and dogs.

– Dr Graeme Smith, chief executive of Oxbotica

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