London Gatwick Airport is set to make aviation and automotive history in a few months as it expands its ground transport to include driverless vehicles. The six-month autonomous vehicle trial is set to be the first in the world and will see autonomous electric-powered vehicles used as the primary means to transporting staff around the airport. The trial is set to transport staff on the roads that connect the North and South terminals of London Gatwick Airport, and will have zero interaction with passengers or planes.
The autonomous busses will be managed and controlled by software from Oxbotica, who hope to use the data garnered in this trial to further its possible ranges. The trial will also aid the British government and insurance companies who are eager to learn more about autonomous vehicles in work environments. During the time of this trial London Gatwick Airport has ensured that operations will not be halted and everything will run a peak efficiency.
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