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Addison Lee to pilot autonomous ride-sharing in London by 2021

A consortium led by Addison Lee has won funding from the Government to trial autonomous vehicle ride-sharing services in London by 2021.

The consortium includes Addison Lee, Oxbotica, DG Cities, Nominet and Immense Simulations

The consortium, which also includes Oxbotica, DG Cities, Nominet and Immense Simulations, has secured an £8.84m grant from the Government’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle 4 (CAV4) programme to introduce 15 autonomous vehicles in the capital from 2021, designed to support areas which are poorly served by existing public transport.

The overall £15m investment will see the consortium roll out four AV pilots using 15 autonomous vehicles. Designed to complement existing public transport, the service will be app-based, on demand and based on ride-sharing. Addison Lee added that the vehicles will be “low-emission, designed with the pedestrian in mind and priced at a level to generate demand without impacting other public transport”.

Paul McCabe, Addison Lee Group’s corporate development director, said: “The Addison Lee-led consortium will help quickly realise many of the benefits we envisage in bringing autonomous vehicles onto the streets of London – better mobility for its people, enhanced public transport, cleaner air and safer streets.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.