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RAC publicising connected vehicles saying “gantries could be removed”

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The RAC is suggesting that motorway gantries could be torn down if the A2-M2 connected vehicle trial in Kent proves to be a success.

It’s publicising the Highways England 5G trial that will see speed limits, traffic news and weather reports transmitted directly to vehicle dashboards saying that if it works as hoped, the technology will enable the very latest cars to receive direct alerts such as warnings of tailbacks ahead, or advice about the best lane to take.

It adds that Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, has said the technology is available but warns against removing too many signs in case of IT failure.

The report adds that roadside clutter was the subject of a Department for Transport (DfT) review earlier this year, which found that the number of signs has doubled in two decades to 4.3 million and risks confusing motorists with outdated messages – particularly now in light of the introduction of smart motorways.

 
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