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Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« on: May 10, 2021, 09:42:05 PM »
The Facebook group "Odd Things About Cambridge" has a picture of one of the Aurrigo vehicles running around the West Cambridge site.

Originally these were supposed to run on the busway between Trumpington, Addenbrookes and the Railway Station in the evenings, I think in 2019?

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2021, 05:45:45 PM »
The Facebook group "Odd Things About Cambridge" has a picture of one of the Aurrigo vehicles running around the West Cambridge site.

Originally these were supposed to run on the busway between Trumpington, Addenbrookes and the Railway Station in the evenings, I think in 2019?

Yes, Ascendal, Whippet's parent were supposedly going to trial them.
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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2021, 05:57:22 PM »
I went over to the West Cambridge site today to hopefully catch sight of something but to no avail.

Does anyone know when or where is the best time to see something?

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2021, 06:28:53 PM »
Nothing positive - I've been through the site in the middle of the day a few times without spotting anything. Whereas my wife was down there on her own ca 3 weeks ago, early afternoon, and came back reporting a sighting. Sadly, she didn't think to take a photo...

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2021, 08:47:58 PM »
Aurrigo have very kindly provided me with a couple of links about the vehicles and Cambridge project:

https://aurrigo.com/autoshuttle/

https://www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk/smart-places/smart-cambridge/autonomous-vehicles/



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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2021, 08:53:44 AM »
Dont think this will ever be running in Cambridge, the new Mayor Nik Johnson is going to pull the Autonomos Metro project

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2021, 10:29:00 AM »
Dont think this will ever be running in Cambridge, the new Mayor Nik Johnson is going to pull the Autonomos Metro project

Separate projects, separate funding, John.
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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2021, 08:10:40 AM »
Is it just me or are these vehicles really ugly looking and don't look appealing at all? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwL2VVXshaw&t=4s

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2021, 04:46:47 PM »
Is it just me or are these vehicles really ugly looking and don't look appealing at all? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwL2VVXshaw&t=4s

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2021, 06:53:55 PM »
It’s not just you, it’s me as well.
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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2021, 09:26:38 PM »
They really are ugly.

It was a surprise to see; I'm used to self driving buses looking cute, like the AuveTech vehicles that have been doing different routes around Tallinn for the past few years https://auve.tech/case-studies/mixed-traffic-operation/

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2021, 09:51:14 PM »
I'm thinking that part of that's wrong with it is that when you look at it side on, it feels like what you're looking at is more like the front of a bus!

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2021, 08:40:53 PM »
if you set out to design the most ugly vehicle imaginable it would be hard to beat that.
 It might sound daft but I bet the the sheer poor & therefore unwelcoming look of the vehicle will put a lot of prospective passengers off travelling. Particularly as some will have reservations about an autonomous vehicle in any event, at least initially. I would also have thought that the designers, who must be aware of the publics initial reservations about such vehicles would have tried to make them look as welcoming & friendly as possible even if that sacrificed some practicality. 

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2021, 11:30:15 AM »
Yep, pretty hideous. It's got an aesthetic akin to the "futuristic" vehicles used on the old Gerry Anderson TV shows, like UFO....


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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2021, 11:05:13 PM »
I had a ride on the trial vehicle today (16 June 2021) and took some exterior and exterior photographs.

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2021, 06:17:15 PM »
A hideous looking vehicle, looks like a standard minibus housed on an outer shell, Dread to think of the injuries that would be incurred by an unfortunate pedestrian or cyclist if it hit one.

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Re: Aurrigo autonomous vehicles
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2021, 06:29:08 PM »
A hideous looking vehicle, looks like a standard minibus housed on an outer shell, Dread to think of the injuries that would be incurred by an unfortunate pedestrian or cyclist if it hit one.

It looks like a hideous mechanical version of Doctor Dolittle's Pushmi-Pullyu.

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