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Driverless cars on UK roads by end of the year

PA Consulting’s Charlie Henderson, a road’s specialist, is quoted in a front-page article of The Times. The article looks at the implications of government plans to trial driverless cars on UK roads, with no human in control or a steering wheel. Under these plans a dedicated safety driver will no longer be required, as is currently the case.

The article reports that transport experts from PA Consulting “warned that fully driverless cars might not operate in Britain until the late 2020s because of public scepticism about the technology. Up to a dozen separate trials have been run in Britain over the past four years in areas such as Milton Keynes, Coventry, Bristol and Greenwich, south London.”

Charlie is quoted in the article, saying: “Everything I have seen in the last year suggests that the development of autonomous vehicle capability is still slow. We are likely to see autonomous vehicles in a very limited form on our roads by 2023 but there is unlikely to be widespread public adoption for ten years.”

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