Driverless cars begin secretive 'commuter trials' in London boroughs of Bromley and Croydon

Mail Online | 2/28/2020 | Sam Blanchard For Mailonline
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Driverless cars are being tested in the south of London by a company which won't reveal where they will be.

FiveAI is today beginning road tests of its self-driving technology in the boroughs of Bromley and Croydon.

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The company says its cars will be ferrying commuters around the boroughs for the next two months, but hasn't released any details of the 12-mile loop they'll use.

They will be making more than three journeys per day on 'multiple' days per week, the company told MailOnline, but it wouldn't give any more specifics.

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At least two people will be in the car at all times – a back-up driver, a technician and sometimes a volunteer commuter – in case something goes wrong.

But the cars will be driving themselves in real-world conditions, with two on the road together during test times.

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There are safety concerns after a 49-year-old mother-of-two died last year in Arizona when she was hit by a self-driving Uber Volvo at 38mph after it didn't attempt to brake.

FiveAI has now started two months of regular trials with human passengers to test how the cars react in real traffic situations.

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They will have trained drivers inside in case something goes wrong, but the cars are scheduled to drive themselves in the boroughs of Croydon and Bromley.

A total of 130 volunteer commuters will take part in the...
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