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3 Jan 2024

Milton Keynes has been selected to trial a new self-driving shuttle as part of the Europe-wide LivingLAPT research project that will be the longest and most geographically complex of its kind. The project is being funded by EIT Urban Mobility and led by University College London (UCL).

The Aurrigo autonomous Auto-Shuttle uses five LIDAR sensors and seven cameras to create a full 360-degree view, but will also have an operator on board, capable of taking control at any time. The trial follows similar trials of the vehicle in Prague and Brno in the Czech Republic in 2023 and in Helmond, Hasselt, Kongberg and Ricany in 2022. However, in Milton Keynes the shuttle was expected to navigate multiple stops and carriageways for a far longer period.

Operated by the UK-based transport technology specialist Aurrigo, the fully accessible electric shuttle can carry up to 15 passengers, and operated throughout November operating on a city centre loop. The shuttle was monitored by UCL whose research team will be talking with users to find out how the service can be developed to meet passenger needs.

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