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UK cities urged to prepare for autonomous vehicles as projects reach next phase

Mayors, regional leaders and infrastructure providers need to prepare for the next phase of autonomous vehicle projects, according to Zenzic.

Created by Government and industry to champion a connected and self-driving environment in the UK, Zenzic is investing hundreds of millions of poinds in a variety of programmes with the aim of making autonomous vehicles (AVs) a reality.

Zenzic’s latest UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030 CAM Creators Update shows that ensuring all UK cities and regions are connected automated mobility (CAM)-ready is one of the most important steps that needs to be taken in the next 12 months.

The body said increased support is also needed for local government capabilities to ensure readiness for connected vehicles, some models of which are already on UK streets.

Zenzic said this work needs to be undertaken urgently to ensure progress in the development of self-driving vehicles does not stall, causing the UK to lose its current world-leading status.  

Progress is already being made at a national level to introduce self-driving technology into our road networks, such as the recent launch of the Government’s Automated Lane Keeping System call for evidence.

The Roadmap shows that only a fifth of the activity necessary for self-driving vehicles to be on UK roads by 2030 is related directly to the scale-up and deployment of CAM, and only 10% is related directly to the development of self-driving vehicles.

The remaining majority of the work that needs to be done over the next 10 years is related to safety, testing and ensuring the technology and infrastructure is in place and thoroughly tested. 

Daniel Ruiz, Zenzic chief executive, said: “Getting self-driving vehicles onto our roads and developing the services which will change the way people travel and goods are moved in the UK is an incredibly complex task.

“We know that collaboration across government and industry is necessary for us to be able to benefit from self-driving technology, and this new edition of the UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030 builds on the successes we have already seen, while also introducing new features which make this collaboration even easier.”

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