Highways England is set to embark on new trials of driverless and wirelessly connected cars as part of an ongoing push towards increased innovation within the UK transport sector.
The government hopes to see a major advance in these important technologies in the years ahead and the creation of a new connected corridor of ‘wi-fi road’ will be an excellent start to these efforts in the months ahead.
First announced in the chancellor’s Budget earlier this year, the technology involved in making driverless cars a reality is being tested right now and will be implemented at a range of sites up and down the country in the coming year.
It is hoped that by trialling new radar technology on motorways and in tunnels across the UK, the project could soon lead to a better understanding of how these systems could enhance transport options for future travellers.
Roads minister Andrew Jones commented: “A more reliable road network is good news for motorists and good news for the economy.
“Quicker, safer roads will improve access to jobs and opportunities. Placing Britain at the forefront of innovation and research in this area will also create more jobs and investment.”
Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan added that the body aims to implement trials of better connected and autonomous vehicles on the nation’s motorways by the end of next year.
Sites that have already been earmarked for technology trials include the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey, as well as sections of the A2/M2 between London and Kent.