Bristol, UK is piloting AVs
Bristol is the first city to approach AVs from a distinctly user-centered perspective. That’s happening through an R&D consortium, Flourish, set up in 2015 to focus on AV products and services for senior citizens. The multi-year effort is funded in part by a $7.25 million grant from Innovate UK, bringing together several local universities, Bristol City Council, and AXA, an insurer. The consortium will use a mix of simulators and vehicles to understand how people may behave in AVs, and draw lessons for vehicle design, operation, and insurance. Venturer, another UK-government backed effort situated in Bristol, will test a number of prototype vehicles on city streets.