Major transport service to launch self-driving taxis in London by 2021

Global transportation service, Addison Lee Group and Oxbotica, a British leader in self-driving vehicle software, have partnered to accelerate the implementation of autonomous cars to London’s roads.

The companies will collaborate on the development, deployment and operation of autonomous vehicles - image courtesy of Depositphotos.
The companies will collaborate on the development, deployment and operation of autonomous vehicles – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

The two companies will collaborate on the development, deployment and operation of autonomous vehicles with the goal to provide customers with self-driving services in London by 2021.

The Group’s aim is to offer affordable, quality, ride-shared services to passengers, as well as now further explore autonomous opportunities.

Why AVs? 

One of the biggest benefits of introducing any autonomous vehicle is improved safety.

Connected sensors should be able to scan surrounding environments and react accordingly, with of course no human error.

Autonomous vehicles could enable quicker reactions to changes in traffic or surrounding environment movements, in theory enabling a safer and more seamless transport system.

They can reduce risk, improve efficiency and decrease workload.

Coventry-based manufacturer Aurrigo, even played the largest role in the world’s first ever multi-connected and autonomous vehicle demonstration earlier this week, showing how vehicles can apply autonomous technology as a complete solution.

Read TM’s full analysis of AVs here.

Both of the British companies will pool expertise, technology and resources to explore self-driving car services that are safe and environmentally friendly.

The companies will work together to create detailed, digital maps of more than 250,000 miles of public roads in and around the capital.

These maps will reportedly record the position of every pavement, road sign, landmark and traffic light in preparation for the deployment of autonomous cars.

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