A NEW fleet of driverless cars are tackling some of the country’s most congested roads to prepare them for tricky real-world situations.
Eight Jaguar I-Pace SUVs have hit the road across the UK to help fine tune their on-board driving systems.
Undertaken by Cambridge start up Wayve, the trial aims to improve the car’s ability to overcame real-life challenges when interacting with other drivers and pedestrians.
The self-driving vehicles have been launched across London to help prepare it for roads with heavy traffic.
The company, which launched only two years ago, said its system is trained using simulated environments which are then put into practice in the real world.
Unlike other driverless motors which rely on a range of high-tech sensors, the Jaguars only use cameras mounted on the roof and a 2D map to navigate complex routes.
The technology is also able to determine when it has made a mistake, such as a safety driver being forced to take control, and learns not to replicate that action.
The pilot scheme has been launched after the company secured £15million in funding from a range of investors.
Alex Kendall, co-founder of Wayve, said: “Our algorithms are learning to become super-human drivers.
“We learn from attentive human driving, which already eliminates the 98.3% of human road errors due to inattention and ineffective driving.
“We then further improve beyond what humans are capable of with reinforcement learning, by providing feedback to our system.”
Artificial intelligence firm FiveAI began trialling five driverless cars in London earlier this year.
The firm has been collecting data in the cars since last year and aims to start passengers trials next year.