This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 14/08/2018.
Driverless car firm to gather data on roads of Croydon and Bromley
It is claimed that autonomous vehicles will be ‘many times’ safer than human drivers.
A UK-based artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicle firm has been given the green light to deploy data-gathering cars on the streets of Croydon as part of plans to create a driverless car service.
FiveAI says it will spend 10 months using human-controlled cars to gather data on the roads in Croydon and Bromley – and the behaviour of road users such as drivers, cyclists and pedestrians – to help inform the development.
The firm is designing a shared autonomous service aimed at people who currently drive some or all of their daily commute, and hopes to have a supervised trial of automated cars on London roads by next year.
FiveAI co-founder Ben Peters said: “For our service to eventually operate in London, we have to learn about the road layout, topology and traffic flow.
FiveAI said the data gathered during the scheme will be used solely for its driverless vehicle technology and processed and stored in full compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
It said the cars will be clearly branded and identified with an “obvious array” of sensors to ensure full transparency.
Interest in driverless car programmes has increased rapidly in recent years, with Google-founded Waymo and several major car manufacturers including Ford and BMW testing autonomous vehicle technology systems.