ITS (UK), the Intelligent Transport Society for the United Kingdom, welcomes the findings of the UK Department for Transport on the regulatory framework for the testing of autonomous vehicles on UK roads. ITS (UK) contributed to the consultation process which resulted in the Report and runs a Connected Vehicle Interest Group which contains many UK organisations with a strong interest in this area.
The fact that DfT has found that “driverless vehicles can legally be tested on public roads in the UK today” is excellent news for the UK ITS sector and will enable many ITS (UK) Members to take part in both UK trials and in taking on work from overseas clients to carry out tests here. ITS (UK) is ready to play its part in creating a “testbed UK” for international autonomous vehicle research and demonstrations.
ITS (UK) Members TRL, Imperial College, Arup, Jaguar Landrover, MIRA, Transport Systems Catapult, Bristol City Council and Atkins are already engaged in the Innovate UK autonomous vehicle trials in Bristol, Greenwich, and Milton Keynes / Coventry.
To read the report’s summary, click here