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Leaders eye autonomous vehicle benefits beyond safety

There are high hopes that CAVs could free up time for commuters, enable elderly and disabled people to get around more easily and help cities reach their climate targets.


Two-thirds of senior industry leaders are confident that connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will be on UK roads in the next five years, and they think the benefits will go beyond safety.


This is according to new research from Smart Mobility Living Lab: London (SMLL). SMLL is a transport innovation consortium which includes Cisco, Transport for London, TRL, DG Cities, Cubic, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Loughborough University.


The study of 250 senior business decision-makers from the technology, transport and automotive industries found that 67 per cent agree that CAVs will make UK roads safer and 51 per cent think freeing up more time for commuters will be a key benefit. Almost half (49 per cent) see increased mobility for elderly and disabled people as the main benefit of CAVs, and three in ten believe CAVs will drive an overall reduction in car ownership.


49 per cent see increased mobility for elderly and disabled people as the main benefit of CAVs.


Over three-fifths (62 per cent) believe CAVs will have a positive impact on UK GDP and three-quarters think CAVs will play a role in helping the UK hit its 5th carbon budget target by 2030.


Getting there


Half (49 per cent) of respondents said they were surprised that CAVs are not yet available for use in the UK.


Respondents pointed to testing, standards and technology as being key to moving ahead from here.


On the technology front, the need for advancements in in-vehicle technology (47%), roadside technology (44%) and digital infrastructure (40%) were cited as factors which are slowing down CAV roll-out.


Over two-thirds (68 per cent) of respondents agree that CAVs must undergo rigorous real-world testing and 84 per cent believe the UK should have its own testing facilities.


Respondents pointed to testing, standards and technology as being key to moving ahead from here.


Seventy per cent are confident that CAVs can be successfully regulated and 65 per cent feel that enough work is being done to develop standards to ensure a timely roll-out of CAVs in the UK.


Joined-up thinking


Nick Chrissos, Director of Innovation, EMEAR, Cisco, commented: “CAVs have the potential to profoundly impact peoples’ lives by making roads safer, less congested and less polluted."


“Collaborative innovation can make the world a better place. By bringing together experts from the technology, transport and urban planning industries, SMLL aims to develop more intelligent, safe and joined up transport systems for UK citizens.”


Iwan Parry, market development lead, TRL, said it’s not a matter of “if, but when CAVs are made available to UK road users and the SMLL consortium project is defining the right way for this roll-out to take place”.


He added: “These findings show that there are still key questions to be answered around testing facilities and harnessing the power of technology to ensure that the UK reaps the benefits of CAVs. A shared research programme, managed by SMLL, has already started searching for some of the answers and the SMLL consortium is ideally placed to facilitate the necessary thinking required to deliver them.”


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