Britain to Launch Driverless Vehicle Trial in Bristol

By AUVSI News posted 12-04-2017 11:13


Thanks to a £4.2 million Government grant, Britain will launch its first driverless vehicle trial on private land in Bristol. The trial, which will take place as a part of the development of the Filton Airfield, will "test the reliability and operation of 'connected driverless vehicles' to move people around a specific area."

CAPRI, which is an automated vehicle consortium, is conducting the trial. Some of the members of the consortium include the South Gloucestershire Council, UWE and the University of Bristol.

“Our CAPRI consortium brings together academic and business partners, and will help strengthen the UK’s position as a world-leader in the development of CAVs,” says Lee Street, the project’s head of technology services, through the Bristol Post.

If everything goes well with the trial, these vehicles, also referred to as pods, will be used to transport anyone that is visiting the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, and the vehicles could possibly be licensed for use in other places.

The ultimate goal is for the vehicles to be reliable enough to use to transport people around a variety of locations, including airports, hospitals and shopping and tourist centers.

“The race for developing connected and autonomous vehicles is accelerating and as a Government we are determined to build on our strengths and ensure the UK is at the forefront of this revolution,” says Business secretary Greg Clark.

“We have an excellent record in innovation in the UK and through our industrial strategy, we will build on our strengths so the UK auto sector remains world-leading. That is why we have announced support today for CAPRI as schemes like these will be key to turning research and development into anchoring future production.”

After the trial at Filton, a final public trial will see the service interact with traffic control systems as a part of a test on a network of roads around the Olympic Park.

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