/ 27 Apr 2017 12:37
In October 2016, the Transport Systems Catapult was responsible for putting a self-driving vehicle on UK public streets for the first time. The demonstration of a UK developed autonomous driving system marked the conclusion of the LUTZ Pathfinder Project, which began developing autonomous technology in 2014.
The vehicle demonstration took place on pavements around Milton Keynes train station and business district. A trained engineer remained in the vehicle for the duration of the trial, ready to take back control if required and to give further reassurance to the public, but the pods navigated entirely by themselves.
In the preceding months, LUTZ Pathfinder pods had been driven in manual mode with a human driver in control, while the project team mapped the environment and tested the control system’s ability to negotiate its way along the designated trial routes.
The project is a British success story, carried out by the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) on behalf of the UK Automotive Council and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly the Department of Business Innovation and Skills)