Britain’s first self-driving shuttle bus is in the streets

Last Thursday, Britain‘s first autonomous shuttle was launched in Cambridge, where it drove around the university campus as part of its first testing, METRO reports.

Although you’d expect that its autonomous function would be in the spotlight, there’s another feature that undoubtedly steals the show: its hideous appearance.

Doesn’t it remind you of one of those insects with exoskeletons that are so terrifying to look at? Or maybe of a destructive and angry Transformer that could easily be named “Shuttle-Tron”? And the British flag paint job doesn’t really help.

The shuttle’s monstrous look didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter.

Appearance aside, here are some details about the bus. The all-electric Auto-Shuttles, developed by the engineering firm Aurrigo, can travel at speeds of up to 32 kilometers (20 miles) per hour and have a range of 160 kilometers (200 miles). They can carry 10 passengers on a single journey.

The Auto-Shuttles can drive themselves, but safety operators will be behind the wheel to take control at any point if needed. The self-driving buses will drive alongside regular traffic, and their trials will start in June.

Ultimately, this is a promising initiative for the UK to incorporate autonomous tech within its public transportation system, and we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But one question remains: how are people going to trust an autonomous vehicle when it looks so aggressive and unwelcoming?

Britain’s first self-driving shuttle bus is in the streets

Thomas Burn is a blogger, digital marketing expert and working with Techlofy. Being a social media enthusiast, he believes in the power of writing.

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