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FiveAI vehicles begin data gathering in Bromley to prepare for autonomous driving

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 August 2018

A leading UK company developing technology for driverless vehicles will start gathering data in Bromley and Croydon this week. Picture: FiveAI

A leading UK company developing technology for driverless vehicles will start gathering data in Bromley and Croydon this week. Picture: FiveAI

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A leading UK company developing technology for driverless vehicles will start gathering data in Bromley and Croydon this week, to develop its venture to trial a shared driverless passanger service in London by 2019.

Up to ten FiveAI vehicles will be driven in for 10 months by fully trained, human safety drivers in the same way as any normal, road-going vehicle.

Ben Peters of FiveAI said: “Throughout this exercise we want to keep residents informed about exactly what we’re doing, and why.

“We’ve been working closely with Bromley Council, Transport for London as well as all of the necessary authorities to ensure that this exercise is safe and fully compliant with UK law.”

Cllr William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for environment and community services, said: “We are grateful to FiveAI for letting residents and road users know what they are doing as the array of sensors and other equipment on FiveAI vehicles will inevitably attract attention and questions from interested residents.

“The last few years have seen tremendous changes in technology.

“It is quite possible that we will see dramatic changes in the way we use transport in the coming years.

“The work that FiveAI are undertaking will inevitably be part of that and we are watching this with interest.”

The data gathering exercise is designed to enable FiveAI to gain a comprehensive understanding of the road environment and the behaviour of all road users including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

This will be happening at different times of the day and night. The data gathered will be used solely to develop FiveAI’s driverless vehicle technology.

Data (such as imagery for object recognition and geometry to measure distance) will be collected, processed and stored in full compliance with UK and EU law including the GDPR, and will not be used in conjunction with any other datasets which could be used to identify individuals, or for any other purpose.

The data gathering vehicles feature an obvious array of front-facing sensors on the roof and are clearly branded to ensure full transparency.

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