ITS (UK) is welcoming the announcement of a further £20 million of funding for research into funding competition for research into highly automated vehicles.
The Department for Transport has published The Pathway to Driverless Cars: A Code of Practice for Testing, and at the same time introduced the joint DfT and Department for Business Innovation and Skills joint policy unit, the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (C-CAV).
Jennie Martin, Secretary General of ITS (UK), commented: “DfT have consulted carefully with all relevant stakeholders in the complex area of testing autonomous vehicles, covering technical, safety, legal and insurance issues, and the result is a Code of Practice which shows the lightness of touch needed to encourage innovation, but contains enough detail to ensure a safe and responsible approach to testing of these systems. Combined with the new allocation of funding for highly automated vehicle research, this is excellent support for UK efforts to lead in this area.”
Ian Patey of Mouchel, Chairman of ITS (UK)’s Connected Vehicles Interest Group, added: ”We all rely on transportation to make our lives enjoyable and fruitful but sadly we also know the frustration caused by congestion, the health problems from pollution and the tragic consequences of traffic collisions. Increasing the levels of automation within road vehicles will enable us to enjoy the benefits of road transport whilst reducing the negative consequences. This CoP and the related funding will bring those benefits to the UK quicker and also enable UK industry to prosper and remain at the forefront in this developing and growing global market.”