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The government has this week reaffirmed its commitment to developing driverless cars technology in the UK.

In an announcement setting out the Code of Practice for testing Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Business Secretary Sajid Javid also declared a £20m fund for collaborative research and development in this field.

The Code of Practice provides a clear framework and key recommendations to ensure public safety is at the forefront of the trials. It encourages responsible testing of Autonomous Vehicles in real-life scenarios and highlights the need for organisations to effectively manage the risks of cyber-attacks.

With driverless cars innovation expected to have a transformational impact on the economy and the wider society, the proposed measures are intended to boost productivity and further promote the UK as an attractive research base with strong testing capabilities.

The government’s programme will be supported by a joint policy unit, the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (C-CAV). C-CAV will coordinate work between the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to develop a new range of technological advancements geared at improving safety and traffic flow through roadside information systems. This will help the UK to capitalise on the intelligent mobility market, expected to be worth £900bn in the next ten years.

Commenting on the recent announcement, Lee Woodcock, project lead for the VENTURER consortium said: “It is welcoming to see the government’s commitment to developing a leading edge research infrastructure that embraces future technologies such as driverless cars. The measures outlined in the Code of Practice will create a step-change in how trials are conducted, placing safety at the centre of our work. Combined, these efforts will ‘kick start’ the process of inward investment and enhance the UK’s competitiveness in the intelligent mobility market.”


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