The UK-based artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicle firm FiveAI is to deploy data-gathering cars on the streets of London as part of plans to create a driverless car service.
The Metro reports that the company will spend ten months using human-controlled cars to gather data in Bromley and Croydon – and the behaviour of road users such as drivers, cyclists and pedestrians – to help inform the development. It adds the firm is designing a shared autonomous service aimed at people who currently drive some or all of their daily commute, and hopes to have a supervised trial of automated cars on London roads by next year.
FiveAI co-founder Ben Peters is quoted as saying, “For our service to eventually operate in London, we have to learn about the road layout, topology and traffic flow. ‘As with any vehicle on the road, safety is paramount and that’s why all of our vehicles will be driven by fully trained safety drivers. ‘We believe that autonomous vehicles will be many times safer than human drivers, and this data-gathering phase is a vitally important step towards making that a reality. By supporting London’s transport objectives with a shared driverless car service, FiveAI can play a crucial role in reducing congestion, emissions, incidents and the cost and time of journeys to benefit all Londoners.”