Connected and autonomous vehicles incorporate a range of different technologies, facilitating the safe, efficient movement of people and goods.
Increased connectivity allows vehicles to communicate with their surrounding environment. This provides valuable information to the driver about road, traffic and weather conditions.
Vehicles with increasing levels of automation will use information from on-board sensors and systems to understand their global position and local environment. This enables them to operate with little or no human input (be driverless) for some, or all, of the journey.
Testing connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK
The UK is one of the best countries for car makers and others to develop and test these technologies because of our:
thriving automotive sector
excellent research base and innovation infrastructure
The government supports the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles. This includes:
announcing the 4 cities driverless car projects to take place in Bristol, Coventry, Greenwich and Milton Keynes
publishing the Department for Transport’s (DfT) code of practice for testing driverless cars