You can ride a driverless shuttle bus around East London right now

Autonomous shuttle bus navyaQueen Elizabeth Olympic ParkThe self-driving shuttle bus.

LONDON — It may still be years until ordinary people can buy a driverless car, but the tech has started creep onto our streets.

Trials of self-driving buses and delivery vans are popping up around London with increasing frequency — and the latest one is going on in east London right now.

The test is being conducted by mobility firm Navya with the help of transport company Keolis, and unlike some previous trials, it’s open to members of the general public.

This means anyone can turn up, hop on, and try it for themselves — no ticket required.

Shuttle buses are being trialled at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London throughout September, a few days at a time.

The first runs between Wednesday, September 6 and Friday, September 10. After that it’s the 11th-15th (Monday-Friday), the 17th-22nd (Sunday-Friday), the 25th (Monday), and the 27th-30th (Wednesday-Saturday).

All the trials are running from 10am to 5pm.

The route just runs around the Olympic Park, stopping at Lee Valley VeloPark, Timber Lodge Cafe, Copper Box Arena, and Here East. So it’s not going to be much help for most people’s commutes — but it’s still a tantalising glimpse at what the future may hold.

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