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Oxford-based consortium planning driverless trials

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A consortium of British companies is planning to test driverless cars on roads between London and Oxford in two years’ time.

The BBC reports that the Driven group, led by software maker Oxbotica, will have cars which will communicate with each other about any hazards and should operate with almost full autonomy – but will have a human on board as well.

Founder Prof Paul Newman (pictured), of Oxford University, told the BBC’s website, “We’re moving from the singleton autonomous vehicle to fleets of autonomous vehicles – and what’s interesting is what data the vehicles share with one another, when, and why.”

The report says the project is backed by an £8.6m government grant and involves an insurance company, which will assess the risks involved at each stage of the journey.

Picture credit – Oxford University.

 
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