Although driverless cars will stop if an object is in their path, cyclists may be a problem because of the way they change in speed and shape.
Former Renault-Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn described cyclists as ‘one of the biggest problems for driverless cars’ in 2016. Google continues to teach its cars to recognise cyclists’ hand signals and allows them more space on the road.
Experts believe segregation and AV-only roads are inevitable. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is delivering a feasibility and R&D programme worth more than £200m, via Innovate UK. This includes the GATEway programme in Greenwich, which recently turned a section of bike path along the Thames into an AV shuttle lane.