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Driverless car trial reaches conclusion

The trial of a twenty million pound project to bring driverless cars to our region's roads is coming to an end

The trial has been going on in Milton Keynes.

Driverless car trial reaches conclusion Credit: PA Wire

Designers have been working on brand new software that can not only drive a car to a chosen destination but also make it stop at traffic lights and detect when emergency service vehicles are approaching.

"The increasing automation of our cars is transforming the way we drive, and the government is providing the regulation and investment in order to prepare for the future. Automation could bring significant benefits to people right across the country and presents enormous economic opportunities for the UK, with the global market for CAV technologies expected to be worth over £900m by 2035. We are on the cusp of an exciting and profound change in how people, goods and services move around the country which is set to be driven by extraordinary innovation."

– Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister
Driverless car trial reaches conclusion Credit: PA Wire

The people behind the trials say they believe they have been successful

"UK Autodrive has been a hugely successful project that was delivered on time and on budget. UK Autodrive carried out a series of trials of increasing complexity which have demonstrated the functionality and potential of connected and self-driving cars. The programme also delivered a fleet of lightweight, autonomous 'pods' which have been designed to operate last-mile services in an urban environment. The pods have demonstrated how they could be used to provide a public transport service to residents of Milton Keynes."

– Tim Armitage, UK Autodrive Project Director