The GATEway Project has invited members of the public to test a fleet of driverless pods at the Greenwich Peninsula, London. With ODO you can even manage vehicles with no drivers!

The trial will take place over the next four weeks, marking the final phase of the GATEway Project, which is using a fleet of automated pods to understand the public acceptance of, and attitudes towards, driverless vehicles.The project involves the collaboration of developers Westfield Sportscars, Fusion Processing, Gobotix and Oxbotica, with qualitative research has been conducted by TRL, the University of Greenwich, Commonplace (an online consultation platform) and the Royal College of Art, exploring how we feel about using and sharing space with self-driving vehicles.

Richard Cuerden, Academy Director, TRL, explains

As we explore the future of mobility solutions, it is essential that we consider the experience and benefits delivered to the consumer. This is why understanding and exploring the public perception of automated services has always been at the heart of the GATEway Project.This Project is enabling us to discover how potential users of automated vehicles respond to them, in a real-world environment, so that the anticipated benefits of mobility can be maximised. We see driverless vehicles as a practical solution to delivering safe, clean, accessible and affordable mobility and we are proud to be part of creating our future transport system.

Over 5,000 people have registered their interest in taking part in the final phase of the trial, gaining priority booking for one of several journeys undertaken each day.The journeys will see four driverless pods will be navigating a 3.4km route around the Greenwich Peninsula, using advanced sensors to detect and avoid obstacles with members of the public on board.

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