FiveAI – transport eco-systems

United Kingdom
Sustainable development goals
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Good health and well-being
  • Industry innovation and infrastructure
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Sustainable cities and communities
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FiveAI is working on developing autonomous transport across European cities with the aim of improving commuter journeys and the environmental efficiency of transport in major European capital cities. 

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Five AI are striving to develop a fully self-driving system which can operate safely without the need for a human driver. The company has ambitions to roll out their technology in most of the major European cities within the next decade, and plans to start testing their autonomous system in London towards the end of 2019.

Five AI believe that their autonomous vehicles could greatly benefit London’s commuters, transport infrastructure and environment. Five AI believes that a third of Londoners still lack a better option than using their own vehicle and spend an average of 17 days per year stuck in traffic. In addition, they estimate that long-term exposure to NO2 pollution is responsible for up to 5,900 deaths per year in London and road traffic collisions account for 2,500 deaths or serious injuries annually in the capital. 

Unlike other experiments with autonomous vehicles, Five AI has set parameters for how their cars can operate, including limits on what speed they can travel at and what conditions they can drive in. These parameters will develop as the technology develops. Five AI envisions that their technology will create better transport infrastructure for some of the world’s busiest cities, helping to ease congestion, making transport more environmentally friendly and safer for the commuter.

Five AI’s autonomous vehicle technology is helping to contribute towards five SDGs. As well as promoting SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing), Five AI is contributing towards SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) by attempting to improve the transport ecosystem of major European cities by aiming to improve the length of travel and inner city congestion. They are also contributing to SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) as improved transport infrastructure helps to improve individual output. The artificial intelligence also will contribute towards SDGs 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 12 (responsible consumption and production) by helping to improve energy consumption and making cities more sustainable.