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Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet


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Self-driving Car

A self-driving vehicle has completed a 230-mile drive along roads in Britain as part of a project overseen by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Leeds and automaker Nissan. The HumanDrive consortium's Grand Drive initiative tested autonomous technology activated during the autonomous drive to change lanes, merge, and stop and start when required, using human-like control systems developed at Leeds.

Researchers had collected data on driver behavior through simulations at Leeds' Virtuocity Center, which developers integrated into the autonomous driving system. Further simulation helped refine the system to perform more natural driving, giving the researchers insights into how human-like and personal a driverless vehicle should behave.

U.K. business minister Nadhim Zahawi said, "Safely completing the longest autonomous drive in Britain is... a huge step towards the rollout of driverless cars on U.K. streets."

From University of Leeds
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