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Driverless cars are coming to London this summer

Isabelle Aron

Fasten your seatbelts, London, because driverless cars will be hitting our city's streets later this year.

Yep, the future is here and it involves robots. Well, sort of. The Greenwich Automated Transport Environment project is adapting the electric passenger shuttles used at Heathrow Airport to design new driverless cars, which have been dubbed 'UltraPODs'. 

The swanky new cars can carry up to six passengers but will also require a steward in case of emergencies. The cars will be trialled around the Greenwich Peninsula from July this year, when they'll also be assessing the public's reaction to them – so if you spot one, try not to scream.

Find out more about the project.

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