A few select British folks will get a taste of travelling in a driverless shuttle bus that will go on trial over the next three weeks. The prototype shuttle bus will run on a select route in Greenwich, London. More than 5,000 people had applied to be a part of the test run, but only 100 lucky ones have been chosen. The driverless shuttle bus can reach speeds of up to 10mph (16.1kmph) and all its operations are controlled by a computer. There are no visible steering wheels and no brake pedal. The prototype utilizes cameras and lasers to navigate through the streets and to stop and reduce speed wherever needed.
For the period of the test, a trained person will be there in the bus to deal with any unforeseen situation. The test aims to check various technologies related to driverless vehicle systems as well as to measure the response and experiences of people travelling in such vehicles. The route chosen to test the driverless shuttle bus is a non-traffic area, where one can only find pedestrians and cyclists. People associated with the prototype said that such systems can be deployed on a commercial scale from as early as 2019.