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 One of the proposed autonomous pods in Milton Keynes. Photo: Transport Systems Catapult www.its-ukreview.org 29 This review concluded in February 2015 and its findings set out that as long as a competent test driver was present in the autonomous vehicle and had the ability to take over control of the vehicle at will, then such trials would indeed be legal. Running vehicles on the public highway without competent drivers or without any manual controls available, is currently illegal in the UK but work has started on establishing how this can be changed, since that is obviously the next step in exploiting these technologies. Similar legal work is underway to enable such trials in Ann Arbour in the US and other countries will be doing the same legislative work before long. Greenwich The Greenwich trial will involve passenger shuttles and autonomous valet parking. The Greenwich consortia is led by ITS (UK) Foundation Members TRL with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, RSA, Shell, Telefonica, Royal College of Art, ITS (UK) Members Imperial College, Gobotix, Commonplace and the University of Greenwich as partners. The project is named GATEway, Greenwich Automated Transport Environment, and will have a focus on the extent to which autonomous transport systems are used, trusted and accepted. TRL are leaders in the field of Human Factors and will be able to exploit this research opportunity to the full. Milton Keynes and Coventry This project has been named UK Autodrive and is led by Arup, another ITS (UK) Member. UK Autodrive will carry out feasibility studies and practical demonstrations in Coventry and Milton Keynes. Arup’s partners are the Milton Keynes and Coventry Councils, ITS (UK) Member Jaguar Landrover, Ford, Tata, RDM Group, ITS (UK) Foundation Members MIRA, Oxbotica, AXA, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, ITS (UK) Foundation Members the TS Catapult, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and the Open University. A particular feature will be AXA’s work to evaluate the emerging risks, which will help Government in future legislation and regulation, and also help the insurance industry to act appropriately in this new area of business. Bristol The Bristol consortium is named VENTURER and is led by ITS (UK) Foundation Members Atkins, with the City which is a Member of ITS (UK), South Gloucestershire Council, AXA, Williams, Fusion Processing, the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, and the latter two’s collaboration in Bristol Robotics Laboratory. VENTURER will focus on public/private partnership working and on autonomous vehicles as an approach to sustainable transport. Autonomous vehicles can reduce emissions by being designed to adhere totally to ecodriving principles, but they can also increase congestion by allowing people who currently cannot use private cars for reasons of health or age, to do so. It follows that research into how to make sure that the overall impact is positive, will make an important contribution to future policy making. ◆  The first trials of driverless vehicles get underway in Royal Borough of Greenwich. Photo: Digital Greenwich


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