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    Driverless shuttle bus starts extended trials in London

    The four-passenger autonomous bus is called Harry and can speed along at 10mph.
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    Re: Driverless shuttle bus starts extended trials in London

    Most useless thing ever made and I can't believe the govt is funding this!

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    Re: Driverless shuttle bus starts extended trials in London

    How many seats does something need to have, in order to qualify as a "bus"?

    I feel like 4 doesn't quite cut it...

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    Re: Driverless shuttle bus starts extended trials in London

    Quote Originally Posted by Sumanji View Post
    How many seats does something need to have, in order to qualify as a "bus"?

    I feel like 4 doesn't quite cut it...
    And since the trial has a full-time 'driver' present, only 3 passengers really. Not sure what that person does since it has no brakes or steering wheel?! There's only 100 people in the 3-week trial, so it really doesn't need much capacity.

    The linked story says
    "During the trial, five cameras and three lasers will help it navigate a two-mile path near the O2, also used by pedestrians and cyclists"
    , so it sounds like they're planning on using this in pedestrian areas, not on roads.

    Since it's developed by Oxbotica, Heathrow Enterprises and Westfield Sportscars, I imagine it might one day replace those electric mobility assistance vehicles at airports and stations.

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    Re: Driverless shuttle bus starts extended trials in London

    Baby steps...

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    Re: Driverless shuttle bus starts extended trials in London

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Parker View Post
    Not sure what that person does since it has no brakes or steering wheel?!

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    Re: Driverless shuttle bus starts extended trials in London

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Parker View Post

    And since the trial has a full-time 'driver' present, only 3 passengers really. Not sure what that person does since it has no brakes or steering wheel?!
    Maybe they use their phone, like flying one of those small drones with a app. :-)

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