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Driverless cars to be trialled on roads in Birmingham and Coventry

A prototype of a driverless car. Credit: PA

Driverless cars are to be tested on roads Birmingham and Coventry.

A wireless network will be developed on 80 kilometres of roads across the two cities.

The vehicles will be trialled on both public roads and specially designed tracks.

It is expected to be operational in the next 18 to 24 months.

A simulation of how the wireless network will look. Credit: Warwick Manufacturing Group

The £25 million project is being led by Professor Paul Jennings, an expert in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV), from the Warwick Manufacturing Group.

I am thrilled to be working alongside our consortium partners on the UK Central CAV Testbed which will form a key part of the new UK Testing Infrastructure.

The Midlands has a proud heritage of pioneering vehicle development, and I am delighted to be part of the next era – bringing CAVs onto the road and allowing all of us to reap the benefits as soon as possible.

– Professor Paul Jennings, Warwick Manufacturing Group