Further passenger trials on the Aurrigo shuttle are planned during June
The UK city of Cambridge is running an autonomous passenger shuttle trial alongside other traffic.
The custom-made passenger shuttles from engineering firm Aurrigo will operate a 20-minute journey around the West Cambridge site and will run autonomously for the majority of the route.
The trial is part of a project led by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP), Smart Cambridge and Aurrigo to look at how autonomous technology can be used on the public transport network.
Backed by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), the trial could pave the way for a range of autonomous services to provide on-demand public transport for workers at large employment sites – such as the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and West Cambridge – and potentially for people enjoying an evening in the city in the future.
The GCP is delivering the area’s £500m city deal with government to support sustainable growth for the country by investing in public transport infrastructure, skills, and housing.
“This trial is a great example of the type of innovative, clean transport solution that I look forward to working closely with the GCP on,” said Dr Nik Johnson, mayor of Greater Cambridgeshire.
“By working collaboratively on the future of sustainable transport solutions for Cambridge we not only help people get to and from work but also enable easier access to the cultural, leisure and family activities that we have missed in recent times.
“I look forward to seeing how this trial develops and what learnings we can take forward for the delivery of a modern, timely and relevant transport solution for the rest of Greater Cambridgeshire.”
“This trial is a great example of the type of innovative, clean transport solution that I look forward to working closely with the GCP on”
The GCP and Smart Cambridge secured Government funding from CCAV, part of Innovate UK, in 2018 to launch the project.