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'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial


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A Driven autonomous vehicle driving through Stratford, east London.

Driverless cars completed their first major street test in London this week.

Credit: Driven

Driverless cars completed their first major street test in London this week, as a fleet of Ford Mondeos equipped with autonomous technology from U.K.-based Oxbotica operated on public roads around the former Olympic Park in Stratford.

Officials with the Driven program, a partially government-funded effort, said the demonstration had "exceeded their initial plan" and was a significant step in confirming autonomous vehicles could operate in a complex urban environment.

The Driven program has been conducting trials in Oxford to study the "ecosystem" around autonomous vehicles, such as potential problems with hackers, communications technology, and the legal framework.

Said Oxbotica's Paul Newman, “There is no doubt we're not going to be sitting behind wheels in the future. But there will be different jobs around the technology. It is going to be a revolution."

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