News – UK Autodrive & UK Government Driverless Car Announcement.
On 11th February 2015 the Chancellor announced that UK Autodrive, a consortium of forward thinking local authorities, the UK’s leading technology and automotive businesses and academic institutions, has won the UK Government’s £10m ‘Introducing Driverless Cars’ competition.
Prof. Paul Newman on the UK Autodrive announcement:
‘We’re delighted that the UK Autodrive pods will be driven by pioneering Oxford University technology that will enable them to navigate autonomously and understand the world around them. UK Autodrive is a fabulous opportunity to explore key pressing challenges in autonomous vehicle development: low cost and safe perception for vehicles which operate for and beside people in our cities. This programme will further advance the UK’s position in autonomous vehicle research and we are thrilled to be part of it.’
Also on 11th February, The Department for Transport (DfT) published a review of Driverless Car Regulations. Transport minister, Claire Perry, states “We are setting out the best possible framework to support the testing of automated vehicles, to encourage the largest global businesses to come to the UK to develop and test their technologies.”
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