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London could have driverless buses as soon as 2019

Posted: 6 April 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

A driverless shuttle bus will be hitting the streets of Greenwich, London over the next three weeks.

The autonomous vehicle, known as ‘Harry’ is the first trial of its kind in the UK and can be seen on the road starting this week. The prototype, named after famous clockmaker John Harrison, will travel across a two-mile-long path near the O2 Arena.

The driverless bus seats around four people and can travel speeds of up to 10mph. The bus uses five cameras and three lasers to detect up to 100m ahead, a trained person will be involved to carry out an emergency break if needed.

Oxbotica, the firm behind the shuttle said that 50,000 people had applied to be a part of the trial, but only 100 will get to travel on the autonomous vehicle over the trial period. The firm hopes that paying passengers could start using the buses as early as 2019.

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