The first autonomous electric car to drive itself through the West End is to feature on the roads at London’s New Year’s Day Parade at the turn of the year.
The ground breaking vehicle based on the distinctive electric Renault Twizy has been given special permission to head down Piccadilly, go around Piccadilly Circus, along Regent Street, St. James’, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and ending in Parliament Square.
Joe Bone, Director of Participation said: “This is an historic moment – the future of transport arrives in London on January 1st 2019.
“It’s something to tell the grandchildren! I was there when the very first one ran through London.”
A total of 20 Twizy Tours vehicles – bedecked in their iconic Union Jack livery – will head the parade with the one autonomous vehicle at the front.
“There will be a safety driver sitting in the self-driving StreetDrone car – but they won’t be driving it. It will be quite a surreal sight” said Joe.
The vehicles are supplied by Twizy Tours – a UK based company that runs fun and entertaining GPS guided audio tours and experiences both in London and at Blenheim Palace. The company is aiming to introduce fully autonomous tours in the near future.
London’s New Year’s Day Parade, a turn of year tradition, is expected to attract more than 500,000 people on to the streets – and will be seen live on TV in dozens of countries around the world.
More than 6,500 performers from numerous nations will give the Capital a rousing start to the New Year. More than 20 London boroughs have already registered to participate.
The LNYDP team will announce new participants for London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2019 throughout the next few months! So stay tuned on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels for the latest news from London’s New Year’s Day Parade.