Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The Company Behind MyTaxi, To Develop Autonomous Taxis.

Why do you think the cycle lanes are so wide ?

Is it TfL's intention to clear the streets of Taxis, to make way for autonomous pods ?

During trials in London, five cameras and three lasers will help this pod navigate a two-mile path along an area also used by pedestrians and cyclists.

Over the next three weeks, about 100 people will travel in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London.

The vehicle, which travels up to 10mph (16.1kmph), will be controlled by a computer.

However, there will be a trained person on board who can stop the shuttle if required.

Oxbotica, the firm that developed the shuttle, said 5,000 members of the public had applied to take part in the study.

This one fits nicely in the embankment Cycle lanes 

In Other Autonomous News This Week.

German automaker Daimler (DDAIF, -1.27%) and automotive supplier Robert Bosch Group (ROBERT.BOSCH) are partnering to develop and deploy autonomous taxis that customers can hail using a smartphone app by the start of the next decade.

The autonomous driving system that Daimler and Bosch plan to develop will be designed for city driving, the companies said Tuesday.

The alliance will combine Daimler's auto manufacturing expertise with Bosch's systems and hardware skills to accelerate the development of self-driving taxis—a product the companies said will improve traffic flows in cities and road safety. The autonomous taxis will also increase the attractiveness of car sharing, the companies said.

The development alliance aims to make a system for fully automated Level 4 and driverless Level 5 vehicles designed for city streets. The Society of Automotive Engineers has designated five levels of driving automation. Level 4 autonomy means the car takes over all of the driving only in certain conditions, like when the Uber driver falls asleep. 

 For example, it could drive fully autonomously in a certain geographic location such as a specific route in a city centre -such as London's cycle supper Highway. 

Level 5 means the vehicle can operate in all conditions and doesn't require any human intervention at any time.

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