The UK’s DRIVEN consortium has reached a key milestone in its programme to put driverless cars on the nation’s roads, demonstrating the capabilities of a fleet of self-driving vehicles in a complex urban environment around London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. DRIVEN said that the week-long technology demonstration in Stratford confirms that autonomous vehicles can operate safely and legally in complex situations on typical roads in the city.
Autonomous vehicle start-up Zoox has announced that it is expanding to Las Vegas as a target market for its autonomous driving fleet and service, reports TechCrunch. The firm plans to launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in the region in future, after gaining permission from the Nevada DMV earlier this year to drive autonomously on state roads.
As part of its 'Let's Talk Self-Driving' campaign, Waymo has partnered with AAA to create a school safety lesson plan module about self-driving cars. Ignacio Garcia, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicle Strategy for AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, said that AAA's goal is to become the public's trusted advocate for self-driving cars, especially focused on safety.
Edmund King, president of the UK's AA, has told a seminar of insurance and technology experts that drivers' strong cultural and social attachment to driving and cars may slow down the driverless car revolution, reports Highways Magazine. King highlighted AA Populus research showing that while seven in ten drivers says they are familiar with the concept of automated vehicles, just under a quarter (23%) say they would trust a vehicle to drive itself while they were in it.