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Collaboration is key in the race for UK self-driving success

June, 2019 - The proposed switch to connected and autonomous vehicles from conventional private transport is gaining momentum. Zenzic CEO Dr Daniel Ruiz reports on progress.

 

The UK is the leading location for the development of connected and self-driving vehicles. This is thanks to an investment of almost £500 million from the Government and industry into research and development (R&D) and testing, according to a recent report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and analysts Frost & Sullivan.

Several trials have taken place in the country, alongside the introduction of legislation to support the deployment of self-driving vehicles. This work will see the UK generate a predicted £62 billion in annual economic benefits by 2030.

However, while some consider there to be a race to develop an effective self-driving ecosystem, the UK is keen to stress the focus on safety; the quality of self-driven miles is far more important than the number of them. Making sure we get this right is the reason for the substantial investments in the UK’s legislation and testing infrastructure in addition to the R&D projects themselves.

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