Navya autonomous pods on trial in Olympic Park

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Visitors to the Olympic Park in London can now ride onboard a Navya hop-on autonomous vehicle as part of a 19-day trial, the London Evening Standard reported.

The free electric shuttle comes equipped with safety measures to stop the vehicle if a pedestrian walks or cycle in front of it.

Unlike earlier trials of four-seater autonomous shuttles in Greenwich, trips around the Olympic Park do not have to be pre-booked, the Navya autonomous pod is limited to 5mph in the park, but has a claimed top speed of nearly 30mph on the open road.

The vehicle was brought to London by Euston-based firm Keolis UK, following trials on the Las Vegas Strip.

The pod navigates a pre-planned route using cameras and GPS, but will have a conductor initially in case of emergency.

The 1km circuit starts at the Timber Lodge café near the Velodrome and serves four stops, taking about 12 minutes in total.

Fifteen people can reportedly squeeze inside, nearly four times as many as in previous London trials.