Charlie Henderson, roads expert at PA Consulting Group, is quoted in Ryan Hiron's article following the Government's announcement in the Autumn budget speech that driverless cars will be allowed on UK roads by 2021.
Charlie comments: “For self-driving vehicles to work effectively more must be done. While the government should be applauded for its drive to develop autonomous technologies, any notion that autonomous vehicles are about to become a regular part of everyday life is ambitious."
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Charlie continues: “The reality is that AVs are not going to be a common sight on the roads any time soon."
He concludes: “We can’t get the roads in shape without a huge investment. Manufacturers are designing AVs on the assumption that roads are in good condition – with clear lane markings, unobscured signs and signals, and good quality surfaces. But we all know that’s not the reality. We have a hugely diverse infrastructure with much of our road network.”