Buses and taxis to lead UK self-driving public transport push

By | November 22, 2018

London and Edinburgh projects, sharing £25m state funds, to be operational by 2021

The first driverless public transport services on the UK’s roads will be in action by 2021, the government has announced, led by an autonomous bus service crossing the Forth estuary in Scotland, and self-driving taxis in up to four London boroughs.

The services should be on the roads within three years, under three pilot schemes announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Full-sized driverless buses will run on a 14-mile route between Fife and Edinburgh, while Addison Lee and Jaguar Land Rover will lead two separate trials of driverless taxis in London before launching public services, again by 2021.

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