The Mayor of England’s West Midlands is talking up Coventry’s prospects of becoming “the world capital for driverless cars”.
Andy Street has told the Coventry Observer that huge investment into cutting-edge technology could see Coventry take on Silicon Valley, China and Germany to win its rightful place at the centre of a new worldwide motor industry.
“Coventry has always been the very heart of the motor industry, and we have been working to make sure it will be the centre of the emerging global autonomous vehicle industry. There is a huge prize on offer,” he said. “We are in a race with Silicon Valley, China, German cities like Stuttgart, and Detroit in the US to be the worldwide capital of the driverless car revolution – and Coventry is well on its way to that destination.”
Mr Street said local work to develop autonomous vehicles is creating a “technological renaissance” to complement the build-up to the City of Culture celebrations in 2021.
“We have put this ambition at the heart of our regional economic plans and have secured millions of pounds in Government money for research. There are now autonomous vehicles being tested on the roads of Coventry. It is happening,” he told the Coventry Observer.