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Bristol Airport tests driverless pods on shared roads

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Bristol Airport has begun testing driverless pods on its roads which are shared with buses, cars and pedestrians.

The Capri project has secured £4.2m to run the pilot scheme.

BBC News reports that previously, Capri has tested the pods on designated roads or sharing space with pedestrians only.

The pods are intended to run along routes about 1,800ft (548m) long between the car park and terminal on the airport site.

Capri told the BBC that the aim was to ensure the pods were safe when encountering cyclists, children and adults who may be distracted.

According to BBC News the airport was chosen as the pods were originally developed by Bristol firm Advanced Transport Systems.

Dr Julian Turner, chief executive of Westfield Technology which makes the pods, told BBC News, tThe design came out of the local area so it’s great to bring it back again.’

‘The vehicle will navigate, slow down if someone walks in front of it and take you to your destination,’ added Turner.

 
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