New autonomous car trial to begin in London
Eight electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs will take to streets across zones 1, 2 and 3.
A new driverless car trial is set to take place across the streets of London.
Cambridge start-up Wayve will release eight electric Jaguar I-Pace SUVs onto various roads across zones 1, 2 and 3.
The specially designed vehicles are fitted with a sophisticated roof-mounted camera which employs a 2D map and a “unique end-to-end deep learning driving brain” to navigate around.
This brain is built up by what’s known as “reinforcement learning” where any errors the self-driving algorithm makes are corrected by an accompanying safety supervisor and right decisions rewarded with uninterrupted driving.
Wayve claim that their technology is different to others on the market and is focused on “developing a human approach for autonomous vehicles to learn how to drive on roads all around the world.”
They successfully secured £20 million in funding to launch this trial.
Previous attempts saw these vehicles learning to drive around a corner whilst staying in their own lanes within 15 to 20 minutes of taking to the road, according to Wayve.
Another autonomous car trial from FiveAI began in London in November and saw their adapted Ford Mondeos successfully taxi passengers across Bromley and Croydon under human supervision.