view_headline search call

0141 847 6999

Autonomous Taxis Soon to be Trialled in Greenwich | Taxi Blog

Results

  • 06

    Jul

    2017

    Autonomous Taxis Soon to be Trialled in Greenwich

    Autonomous Taxis Soon to be Trialled in Greenwich

    Autonomous Taxis Soon to be Trialled in Greenwich

    This year sees South London embrace the future of driving, with two-kilometres of Greenwich roads becoming host to a fleet of brand new autonomous hire cars.

    Surprisingly, this isn't actually autonomous cars’ first rodeo on UK roads.

    In recent years they’ve been tested in both Greenwich and Milton Keynes, whilst similar tests continue to make headlines across the pond: Uber tested autonomous cars in Pittsburgh in September 2016, whilst Lyft - one of Uber's chief competitors - intend to try an autonomous cab of their own later this year in Boston.

    What makes this year’s test different to previous ones is that passengers aren’t required to register in advance. Instead, anyone and everyone in Greenwich will be able to jump into one of the autonomous shuttles, embarking on the most technologically advanced ride of their life.

    The autonomous shuttles can ferry up to five passengers at a time, in the company of a human safety warden, capable of slowing the vehicle or bringing it to a halt if needed. This is likely for peace of mind, as autonomous cars enjoy much greater standards of safety than their human-driven counterparts, nullifying any capacity for costly human error.

    As many of the world's leading technology companies explore the potential of a driverless future - from classic household names like Mercedes and Volvo, to Silicon Valley heavyweights like the aforementioned Uber and Lyft, and even Apple and Google - it becomes more evident with each passing day that driverless cars will soon be here to stay. 

Search by month/year

News From 2017

January 2017   February 2017   March 2017   April 2017   May 2017   June 2017   July 2017   August 2017   September 2017   October 2017   November 2017   December 2017  

News From 2016

January 2016   February 2016   March 2016   April 2016   May 2016   June 2016   July 2016   August 2016   September 2016   October 2016   November 2016   December 2016  

News From 2014

January 2014   February 2014   March 2014   April 2014   May 2014   June 2014   July 2014   August 2014   September 2014   October 2014   November 2014   December 2014