Cyber-cars hit the streets

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A computer-controlled driverless car that runs on tracks and uses lasers to avoid obstacles is being tested in the Northamptonshire town of Daventry.

The CyberCars are designed for short, low-speed trips in an urban environment, and are being trialled in number of European cities as transport solutions in tourist areas.

The vehicles, which are controlled via a remote button that determines the route and destination, are part of Daventry District Council's efforts to find 'personal rapid transit' alternatives to the traditional car.

The tests are part of a project by European Commission research group CityMobil, which aims to improve urban transport provision.

Daventry District Council leader Chris Millar told the BBC: "We can build lots more car parks and have lots more cars going in, or we can look at a viable alternative to the car. We believe this could be the answer."

The CyberCars are being demonstrated on a test track in Daventry until 5 October.
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