The English county of Oxfordshire is to spend £1.25m (US$1.65) on preparing the area’s roads for connected vehicles.
The grant of taxpayers’ money, through the national GovTech Catalyst initiative, will go towards work to “transform the existing Oxfordshire traffic management system” ready for the Government’s hoped-for introduction of connected vehicles by 2021.
The money will be spent on researching new ways of harnessing data, processing it and pushing it back out onto the road network or direct to vehicles or other road users.
Oxfordshire is the first council to include connected and autonomous vehicles in its Local Transport Plan and has a dedicated team focussed on connected transport and autonomous vehicles. They work on a range of projects and see better integration with traffic lights and other traffic management, as well as other traffic, as crucial to improving safety and helping to tackle traffic jams. And while intelligent vehicles could take some of the stress out of driving, but there is more.