Nigel Wall, Innovate UK, visits the GATEway Project

By 26th October 2017News

The latest GATEway Board Meeting took place on Wednesday 25 October 2017 in preparation for on-site testing of our fleet of autonomous pods.

The Board Meeting provides an opportunity for the consortium members to review project progress and discuss opportunities on how to maximise the overvall value of the project.

During this month’s meeting the board were pleased to welcomed Nigel Wall, Innovate UK’s monitoring officer. Nigel was provided with an overall update on the project, the milestones which have been achieved to date and the preparations for the final phase of the project.

The visit also included an interactive experience of the new fleet of pods at the Greenwich Peninsular, with Nigel travelling in one of the new pods and seeing first hand how they react to their surroundings and how pedestrians and cyclists react to the pods.

This is one of the main objectives of the GATEway project, to understand perceptions and attitudes to driverless vehicles and to achieve this we are utilising a series of sentiment maps to collate and visualise the opinions people have shared on the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on their lives in North Greenwich.

As we prepare for the final phase of this project, you can already see our new automated pods arriving on the Greenwich Peninsula undergoing the final stages of testing before we open the trials to the public.

From December the fleet will be transporting hundreds of people around the Peninsula, displaying the potential for autonomous vehicles to connect important transport hubs, leisure sites and residential locations.

If you have travelled in a pod, experienced one as a pedestrian, or simply have a view on driverless vehicles that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. You can add a comment to the sentiment map via your computer or mobile phone. Simply visit: gateway.commonplace.is/comments.

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