Cambridge is on track to be the first city in the UK to have a ground-breaking autonomous shuttle service as part of its public transport network.
In February 2018, Smart Cambridge, led by Cambridgeshire County Council, was awarded £3.2milllion of Government funding from the Centre of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), delivered by Innovate UK, the Government’s innovation agency to develop trial vehicles.
Over the next two years, Coventry-based engineering firm Aurrigo, the autonomous vehicle division of RDM Group will develop six 10-15-seater self-driving shuttles to trial on the southern section of the existing guided busway, when ordinary buses aren’t running.
Due to start in summer 2020, the initial out-of-hours service will run between Trumpington Park and Ride and Cambridge Station, via the strategically important Cambridge Biomedical Campus site including Addenbrooke’s and Papworth Hospital and leading life science companies such as Astra Zeneca.
If successful, self-driving vehicles could then be rolled-out elsewhere around Greater Cambridge, for example to link some of the science and business campuses to each other or to rural travel hubs.
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