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Motoring love affair could put brakes on driverless revolution

Charlie Henderson, roads expert at PA Consulting Group, is quoted in Graeme Paton's article in The Times revealing findings from PA’s latest report on driverless cars.

The piece looks at PA’s research which assessed Britain’s preparedness for autonomous vehicles using seven criteria including technology, regulations and public acceptance. 

The study suggested that Britain was less prepared for autonomous vehicles than many other European countries. It estimates that the British love of driving, combined with natural scepticism over safety, meant that UK car owners were “less likely than those on the continent to relinquish control of vehicles to computers within a decade”.

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Charlie states other countries such as Sweden and Denmark would take to driverless cars much quicker, adding: “Some of [UK] road regulation is dated, the legislative process can be slow in comparison with other countries, and we have a large number of bodies involved in managing our roads.” 

He concludes: “For many in Britain their vehicle is much more than just a means of transport. Autonomous vehicles will not have the ‘fun’ of driving; you will be driven rather than drive.” 


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