Transport and logistics 2014

GATEway project

London, UK


TRL - The future of Transport; UK Government


Autonomous buses and associated technology

The project saw a fleet of driverless pods providing a shuttle service around the Greenwich Peninsula to understand public acceptance of, and attitudes towards, driverless vehicles. Members of the public were invited to take part in the research trial through riding in or engaging with the pods and sharing their opinions and experiences. Four driverless pods navigated a 3.4km route around the Greenwich Peninsula, using advanced sensors and state-of-the-art autonomy software to detect and avoid obstacles as they picked up and dropped off passengers at four designated pod stops.

What was tested

Autonomous public transport; Automated deliveries; How automated systems work for people with additional travel needs; Drivers' of regular vehicles response and behavioural adaptation to the presence of automated vehicles on the road.

Testbed purpose

The purpose is to further the UK's position in the world of autonomous vehicles, to test the public's attitude and response towards autonomous technology, and exploring the impact AV tech could have on cities.


The Greenwich peninsula was the test area where the vehicles were operated and the public could engage.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Capture competitive advantages from frontier technologies

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