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Britain tests self-driving vehicles in public space
Last Updated: 2016-10-12 07:56 | Xinhua
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Locally developed driverless vehicles have been successfully tested for the first time in public space in the southern British town of Milton Keynes, said Oxbotica, the company behind the technology, on Tuesday.

The demonstration is the culmination of an 18-month development implemented by the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) and aimed at promoting self-driving technologies. TSC is one of ten technology and innovation centers established and overseen by the British government's innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Selenium, the software running the test vehicle, was developed at Oxford University and was integrated by Oxbotica, a company connected to the university. Selenium uses data from cameras and LIDAR (light detection and ranging) systems to navigate its way around the environment, according to Oxbotica.

The vehicle demonstration was carried out on pavements around Milton Keynes train station and business district.

Oxbotica CEO Graeme Smith called the trial, "a landmark step to bringing self-driving vehicles to the streets of the UK and the world. Our unique Selenium software gives vehicles the next generation level of intelligence to safely operate in pedestrianized urban environments."

The hope is that with further development and tests these vehicles could be used for local transportation in urban areas in the future.

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