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Driverless Cars Learn From Humans in Greenwich Project

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One of the MOVE-UK fleet in Greenwich, U.K.

Trials underway in the London borough of Greenwich are providing data that could accelerate the development of safer autonomous vehicles for U.K. roads.

Credit: Julia Claxton

Tests that could expedite the development of safer driverless vehicles are underway in the London borough of Greenwich in the U.K. under the government-funded Move_UK project.

The borough is operating five conventionally driven but heavily equipped Land Rovers that have completed more than 30,000 miles of driving on public roads around Greenwich. The cars are gathering data on drivers' reactions to different events, and driver-assistance systems enable engineers to perform real-time comparisons of human drivers and autonomous systems' behavior and decision-making.

The Move_UK project is focusing on specific types of data and employs connectivity technology to transfer data in real time via either Wi-Fi or 3G to a cloud-based system run by transport consultancy and research service the Transport Research Laboratory.

Bosch engineer Simon Morley says the system is programmed to be activated by particular events, such as harsh braking by the driver, or situations in which the on-board system thinks there should be braking but the driver has opted not to do so.

From The Engineer (United Kingdom)
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