Three British driverless vehicle trials get underway

ITSReviewAnnual2015

British driverless vehicle trials get 28 ITS REVIEW Annual Review 2015 underway Background Innovate UK, the UK Government agency tasked with promoting technical innovation and business success, held a funding competition during 2014 to identify suitable proposals for on-road trials of driverless vehicles in the UK. The funding pot, initially £10 million, increased to £19 million by the time the winners were selected. UK Government is determined that the UK is to take a lead position in the world wide effort to develop and exploit driverless vehicle capability. The successes in the US are very well known, and trials are close to getting underway in the Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore and other locations. This funding scheme aims to ensure that the UK is up there with the leaders. By not having ratified the Geneva Convention on the control of vehicles, the UK is thought by many to have a head start when it comes to being able to run on-road trials without requiring time consuming legal changes first. The competition results were announced in December 2014 and the three winners were consortia proposing trials in Greenwich, Bristol, and Milton Keynes/Coventry. At the same time, UK Department for Transport was working on a legal and regulatory review to establish that the assumption that certain types of on-road trials would be legal under the existing regime was in fact true, and to identify changes to regulations and laws required for future developments in this area. 3 Jennie Martin, Secretary General of ITS (UK)


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