The FiveAI pilot program will be operating within a set around along a 19-kilometer roadway. The area will have self-driving vehicles driving around London boroughs including Bromley and Croydon. Around 100 volunteers will be picked up and dropped off at predetermined locations and at predetermined times.
These trials will not be open for public use, the volunteers are merely chosen to be apart of this research and were chosen by Direct Line Group, an insurance company.
Those who are apart of this trial will be asked to answer a survey before, during, and after they participate. Their answers will help researchers understand how autonomous vehicles respond in more real to life situations on public roads.
Stan Boland, Co-Founder, and CEO of FiveAI, told The Inquirer:
“Shared, self-driving vehicle services promise a better way for people to get around. We’ll be working with forward-thinking partners to make these services a reality in European urban environments. The lessons learned through StreetWise provide an important step towards that goal.”
FiveAI's own technology will be used in autonomous cars. The company was founded in the UK and has raised over $35 million since then.
The software being used is a technology stack created by FiveAI and developed using data from the complicated road system within the UK, including London.
As apart of this larger trial, FiveAI has teamed with Direct Line and the Transport Research Laboratory.
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