You might’ve heard that last month, a driverless car was trialled on the streets of Britain for the very first time.
The car was part of government efforts to create an industry that can serve a worldwide market which it estimates to be worth up to £900million by 2025.
But this is going to reach Britain before 2025. In fact, Britain is aiming to have driverless cars on its roads by the end of 2020!
The UK Government has invested millions in driverless car research, with promises to change the law to encourage the technology to take root in the country.
Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors are currently testing connected cars which can communicate with each other using technology and are designed to speed up journeys and cut accidents.
Jaguar Land Rover said earlier this year that it plans to create a fleet of more than 100 research vehicles over the next four years to test autonomous and connected technology. Volvo also plans to trial driverless cars in London next year.
The incredible breakthrough in the development of driverless cars means these cars will be able to warn drivers when another connected vehicle brakes suddenly, and those which can monitor traffic signals and regulate their speed to encounter fewer red lights were being showcased at a testing ground in central England.
Increasingly sophisticated technology in vehicles is paving the way for fully driverless vehicles, with Jaguar Land Rover also demonstrating a self-driving Range Rover Sport which can automatically overtake slower moving cars.
Tim Armitage, a project director at government-backed UK Autodrive which coordinated the trials, said: “The benefits of having cars that can communicate with each other and their surroundings could be very significant—from increased road safety to improved traffic flow.”
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