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Autonomous vehicles driving on London’s complex and congested streets are required to make 150 independent vehicle detections every second and can detect traffic lights in 1/2,000th of a second – faster than the human eye, according to Oxbotica, a world-leading autonomous vehicle software provider.
The Oxford-based company is already using its pioneering Universal Autonomy software system in cities, mines, airports, quarries and ports. This software can run on everyday computer hardware – similar to the power of an average desktop PC.
Oxbotica is also trialling five fully autonomous vehicles in London as part of the DRIVEN consortium, a £13.6 million research project that seeks to address fundamental real-world challenges facing self-driving vehicles, such as insurance, cyber-security and data privacy.
Oxbotica has completed extensive testing in London since initial trials in the Borough of Hounslow in December 2018, and they say the capital is proving to be the ideal testing ground thanks to its classical architecture and complex road networks; it ranked as the sixth most congested city in the world and records over 30,000 road casualties per year.
The company says that the advanced journey learnings from London can then be applied to improve safety around the globe – whether that’s on the roads of Oxford or in a truck working a mine in Northern Australia – “thanks to its machine learning algorithms and advanced vision perception”.
Oxbotica is the lead partner in the DRIVEN consortium and will showcase its software capability during a live demonstration in London later this month, as part of a 30-month ground-breaking research project which began in July 2017.