Driverless pods similar to those used at Heathrow Terminal 5 could be on the streets of London's Greenwich this summer.
A project called Greenwich Automated Transport Environment or Gateway got underway a year ago with trials of driverless cars. The initiative received funding of £8 million from industry and Innovate UK and is headed by the Transport Research Laboratory.
Heathrow's engineering arm is working with the makers of the pods, Westfield Sportscars, and Oxbotica, which provides the autonomous technology, to run public trials this summer.
The Gateway project's two-year remit is threefold - try out the cars in different environments, see what legal and technical changes would be required to introduce them and gauge reaction from other road users and pedestrians.
A further trial being run as part of the GATEway project is automated valet parking.
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