A group of academics says driverless cars could provide the answer to poor public transport links in rural areas of Wales and the nation’s country roads are an ideal place to pioneer their use.
Engineers at Glyndwr University believe that, subject to local consultation, opportunities to trial use of the revolutionary vehicles should be prioritised in Wales.
They say driverless cars have the potential to be used effectively on the steep, narrow, slow and sinuous roads of Wales.
They believe the vehicles have the potential to significantly improve the quality of life in rural areas, in essence being used as taxis.
We believe that driverless cars have real potential to deliver a sustainable rural economy for Wales.
There is a decline in rural populations as more and more young people head into the city to find work and the offset of this has been that public transport links have become even more infrequent – and non-existent in some areas.
I think we’re looking at five to ten years before something like this could become a reality and it would of course need the consent of people living in rural areas, with all of their concerns addressed.
The academics have submitted their views to the Welsh Government to help inform its Transport Strategy for Wales.
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