Apple's driverless cars promise 'major breakthrough' in detecting cyclists

New system yet to be tested in the real world, but promises good results

(Image credit: Grant Robinson)

While driverless cars are certainly coming to the streets at some point in the near future, many of the current systems have struggled to deal with cyclists.

A trial of Uber's self-driving cars in 2016 showed that they could not always detect cyclists and had issues navigating cycle lanes, while another study of a Tesla in 2017 found that shortcomings in the autopilot system could be "fatal" for cyclists.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.