Over the next three weeks, Britain is going to witness the test run for a prototype of a self-driving shuttle bus.
For the first time ever, an extended public trial of a driverless shuttle bus has been rolled out.
Officials believe by 2019 it is going to be functional on a trial basis and eventually, it can be rolled out to other places.
Self-driving bus to makes its debut in London
Plans for the big day
As per Oxbotica, the company behind the development of the self-driving bus 'Harry', amongst 5,000 applications, only 100 people will be able to travel on the bus during the test run.
The vehicle is capable of travelling at a speed of around 16 kmph and will be computer-controlled.
However, it will also have trained personnel on board to take over if necessary.
Safety of the passengers will not be risked
The shuttle can accommodate four riders and it doesn't have any steering wheel or brake pedal like in normal vehicles, but there is an emergency brake if required.
For the safety of the public, there are five cameras incorporated in and around the vehicle and along with that, three lasers are also there to help it navigate the path.
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Self-driving technology is not a new thing in Britain
Last month, Nissan had performed a test run of more than 300 miles with its prototype Leaf model, a vehicle with enhanced autonomous technology, on the streets of East London.
57% of UK citizens believe autonomous vehicles will enhance living standards in England.
Big names are now working on self-driving technology
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that Tesla cars will be fully automated within just two years.
Google's Alphabet has recently acquired Waymo, its new self-driving technology company.
India's drive for autonomous technology
Teams at IITs in India are presently developing self-driving technology keeping Indian market in mind and are eyeing for the Rise Prize by Mahindra.
Rise Prize by Mahindra will give $1 million to two winning teams for two challenges, the Solar Challenge and Driverless Car challenge.
Government has also paved the way for the technology to enter the country by permitting autonomous vehicle testing.
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