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Budget 2016 | Driverless car trials by 2017

Plans to conduct trials of driverless cars on roads by 2017 were outlined in chancellor George Osborne’s Budget documents.

The government wants to make the UK a world leader in connected and autonomous vehicles. This summer there will be a consultation on “sweeping away” regulatory barriers that stop autonomous vehicles on England’s major roads.

There are also plans for a £15M ”connected corridor” from London to Dover, within which vehicles will be able to communicate wirelessly with infrastructure and potentially other vehicles

Google driverless car

Google driverless car

Source: Google

Government wants to make the UK a world leader in autonomous vehicles

Alongside this, the Budget includes plans to trial truck platooning and start trials of comparative fuel price signs on the M5 between Bristol and Exeter.

Engineers have been urging the government to help boost take up of autonomous vehicles  as a way of cutting accident rates.

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  • The one area that needs a high quality answer to make driverless vehicles a reality and something the public can trust is the in car security against an outside party taking control of the vehicle. Hackers are always ahead of the curve with the security playing catchup.

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