UK driverless road tests get green light 0

UK-driverless-road-tests-get-green-lightA demonstration of autonomous cars and their current capabilities has taken place in Nuneaton and will be followed by full trials on public roads later in the year.

Autodrive, which is a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors – displayed how driverless cars communicate with each other during the demo.

The display showed how the cars have the capability to warn drivers if an emergency vehicle is approaching and how they can provide ‘real-time’ traffic information.

Public road trials are scheduled to begin in Coventry and Milton Keynes towards the end of the year.

This will see a fleet of around 40 self-driving pavement-based ‘pods’ being introduced to pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes.

The demo also showed how connected cars can communicate with other connected cars as they approach a junction diminishing the chances of a collision.

“The successful completion of the proving ground trials marks a significant milestone for the project team, and we are now looking forward to demonstrating the benefits of these exciting new technologies in the real-world settings of Milton Keynes and Coventry,” said Tim Armitage, UK Autodrive project director.

“Once the technology becomes widely available, we anticipate huge potential benefits in terms of road safety, improved traffic flow and general access to transport, so we’re really excited about being able to demonstrate this on real roads.”

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