Driverless Cars on UK Motorways by 2019

Driverless Cars on UK Motorways by 2019

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A consortium of British companies has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019.

Although the cars communicate with each other about any hazards and will operate with almost full autonomy, they will have a human on board to intervene if necessary. The tests will include a fleet of autonomous vehicles travelling between London and Oxford. Previous tests of driverless vehicles in the UK have mainly taken place at slow speeds and not on public roads. The Driven consortium is led by Oxbotica, which makes software for driverless vehicles. Founder Prof Paul Newman, of Oxford University, said "We're moving from the singleton autonomous vehicle to fleets of autonomous vehicles, and what's interesting is what data the vehicles share with one another, when, and why". 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.

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