Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Driverless cars trial set for UK motorways in 2019

There are plans by the Driven Group to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019. Previous tests of driverless vehicles in the UK have mainly taken place at slow speeds and not on public roads.

Oxbotica who makes software for driverless vehicles are leaders of the Driven Group. Some of their plans also include trying out a fleet of autonomous vehicles between London and Oxford. The cars will communicate with each other about any hazards and should operate with almost full autonomy - but will have a human on board as well.

The project is backed by an £8.6m government grant and involves an insurance company, which will assess the risks involved at each stage of the journey.

The UK government has committed about £100m in total towards autonomous driving projects and has said it wants Britain to "lead the way in developing" the tech.

"It will save so many lives and so much money."

Source BBC

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