Autonomous vehicles are coming to Taunton
Next week, residents of Taunton will have the opportunity to take a ride in state-of-the-art self-driving vehicles, as part of an innovative study by the Center for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), a joint Department of Transport and ministry of business, energy. , and the Industrial Strategy Unit.
Taunton residents are invited to attend The Great Self Driving Exploration on Sunday 25e september and tuesday 27e September to:
- 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Vivary Park, Mount Street/Ash Meadow’s Car Park Entry for the autonomous module
- 2:30-5:00 p.m.: Somerset County Cricket Club, St James’ Street entrance for self-driving shuttle
Autonomous vehicles have the potential to make travel greener, more reliable and safer. The Great Self Driving Exploration roadshow in Taunton will give residents a closer look at self-driving vehicles, ask questions and even take a spin. Autonomous vehicle technologies could help improve people’s access to transport wherever they live, regardless of their income level, and whether or not they have a disability that currently limits their ability to access services transport.
This will be one of the first times that autonomous vehicles will be tested in rural communities and will help inform the specific needs and concerns of people living in rural areas to enable their integration into the design of these new services.
It’s also a great opportunity for the people of Taunton to experience self-driving vehicles and share their views on how these new technologies could work for them, ensuring their voices are heard to the fullest. high level of the Ministry of Transport.
The Center for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles is working with BritainThinks to bring this event to the people of Taunton. Auto-Shuttle and Auto-Pod vehicles will be provided by self-driving transportation company Aurrigo. A safety supervisor will always be on board ready to take over if needed and there will be people on hand to answer any other questions you may have.
Lucy Bush, Research Director at BritainThinks, said: “The BritainThinks team is delighted to be carrying out this innovative research project in partnership with CCAV, UCL and Aurrigo. It offers a unique opportunity to understand not only what people think of autonomous vehicles as they are today, but also their hopes and expectations for the future. This will provide crucial information to government and industry to support the development of self-driving technology that benefits everyone across the UK.
Somerset CCC CEO Gordon Hollins added: “We are delighted to have been chosen to host the trial here at Cooper Associates County Ground. Somerset County Cricket Club is proud to engage in events of this innovative nature and we are truly delighted to see the technology in action on the pitch and around Taunton.
Founded in 2010, BritainThinks is an international strategy and analytics consultancy based in London. BritainThinks’ more than 60 staff provide expert strategic advice to CEOs, Boards of Directors, Secretaries of State and Prime Ministers. BritainThinks is the winner of MRS Agency of the Year in 2020, an employee-owned business and a certified B-Corp. Clients include a range of public and private sector organisations, including the Home Office, McDonalds, BBC, Activision, LinkedIn and the Cabinet Office.
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