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McLoughlin looks forward to driverless cars

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has spoken of the role for driverless cars in the future.

Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin was one of several keynote speakers at NCE's UK Roads Conference 2014.

McLoughlin told delegates at an NCE conference this morning that technology could help manage increasing demand for roads.

“Already some estimates suggest that the use of real time mapping on smart phones is saving 1bn hours of travel time and 3.5bn litres of fuel a year,” he said.

“Better technology means we can use existing road space far more efficiently.

“For example, we can safely use four lanes on the M1 instead of three. And we will build a 386km-long smart motorway corridor stretching from Cheshire to Kent.

“Looking further ahead, intelligent transport systems, like the driverless cars being pioneered in Oxford and California where vehicles and infrastructure communicate automatically, have the potential to cut congestion, cut emissions and improve safety.”

Will driverless cars reduce the need for new infrastructure projects? What other innovations do you imagine in the future? Let us know your views in the comments box below.


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