SCI-FI-style driverless cars are driving the streets of a UK town – as footballers are given an app to book a car.
A trial of the Fetch car system, which allows locals to book cars via their phones, will begin in Milton Keynes this month.
Rather strange, cars that are controlled remotely by drivers who provide them to customers.
MK Dons players are currently the only ones allowed to book rides.
And athletes can rest easy knowing that there will be a safe driver in every vehicle during the first test period.
Perhaps the most desirable feature of the cars is that customers will never have to find a parking space again.
When the vehicle reaches its destination, the driver simply jumps out and allows the app to control the car.
Koosha Kaveh, CEO of Imperium Drive – the company behind the tests – told BBC: “There is a driver but no self-control.
“There’s still a human involved, but they’ll be sitting in a control center that controls the vehicle the same way you would control a drone.”
And he says he hopes remote driving will one day be the safest way to get around by car.
“We are working to create Remote driving is safer than normal driving,” he said.
“When driving normally, there are still blind spots around you that cause accidents.
“You also can’t predict what’s coming in terms of traffic, pedestrians, cyclists.”
The vehicles in the test used computer imaging algorithms to detect anything near the vehicle.
The operator will control the vehicle the same way you control a drone
“Our goal is to make remote driving safer than actual driving,” he said.
Preliminary tests of the cars have been taking place for some time on private land and car parks around Milton Keynes Stadium, home of the MK Dons.
The club’s director of performance, Simon Crampton, said he believes the vehicles will help players stay healthy during the pandemic.
“The most important thing right now is Covid, because we can’t start putting players in cars, especially with the highly contagious Omicron variant,” he said.
“Our players and staff can now book a car through the app that will arrive in front of the stadium to take them to training.”
If the testing goes well, driverless cars will soon be available to commuters heading home from the train station.
And it’s amazing, says the town’s head of transport innovation they will be as normal as taxis within the next two years.
“We have worked at this company for many years,” said Brian Matthews.
“We are looking for a range of solutions not only for these driverless cars but also for larger shuttles using similar technology and fully self-driving four-seater.”
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