The Auto-Shuttle is “the world’s first conventionally driven electric and autonomous purpose-built vehicle.” It is powered by a 30bhp electric motor and can travel at speeds of up to 30mph with a range of over 120 miles.
The Auto-Shuttle, which was revealed last year, is able to seat 10 people (when not social distancing) and will drive on roads surrounded by other traffic, including cars, lorries, vans, bikes and pedestrians. Three Auto-Shuttles have were deployed for the trial. They transported passengers from Cambridge’s Madingley Road park and ride site to and around the University of Cambridge’s nearby West Campus, a route of around two miles.
Aurrigo boss David Keene said: “This is another major milestone in the journey towards making autonomous vehicles a reality on our roads.
“We’ve completed successful trials in city centres, in retirement complexes and at major golf tournaments, but this is the first time these vehicles will be sharing the route with everyday traffic.”
Inside, the Auto-Shuttle has seating space for a maximum of 10 people, as well as space for wheelchair users, who can access the shuttle via an automatically deployed ramp.
Last August, Aurrigo ran the shuttle at an international golf competition at Celtic Manor – the European Tour’s ISPS Honda Wales Open – where it transported players and caddies around the facility.