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Scotland planning driverless trials by end of year

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Driverless vehicles are to be tested in Scotland with a trial that could include delivery vehicles.

The Scotsman newspaper reports that the Scottish Government is keen to catch up with developments south of the Border, where experiments with autonomous transport started three years ago.

However, it says the head of a commission examining the future of Scottish transport has warned that the technology could increase the number of vehicles on the roads. The trials are expected to follow a “demonstration summit” to be held later this year, which was announced by transport minister Humza Yousaf (pictured) in the spring.

The report says a spokesman for Transport Scotland said, “The minister was illustrating a sector that could potentially benefit from autonomous vehicles (AVs) in creating a more efficient road network. The summit will explore other areas that could also benefit, and narrow down what Scotland would most like to learn from a pilot.

 
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