‘Village’ opens to test self-driving cars
Government also announces new safety regime for autonomous vehicles.
The Autonomous Village, a test centre for self-driving vehicles, has been officially opened by Future of Transport Minister George Freeman.
Driverless vehicle developers will be able to test systems, software, sensors, 5G telecommunications and cyber security at Millbrook-Culham in Bedfordshire
The village has more than 40 miles of tracks, a simulator and a private mobile network. It will be part of a network of self-driving vehicle test centres, co-ordinated by automated vehicle company Zenzic.
New safety regime
The Government has also announced a new safety regime for self-driving vehicles. CAV PASS aims to make sure autonomous vehicles are safe and secure before they’re tested and used on the roads.
George Freeman says: “Self-driving vehicles can offer significant rewards for the UK’s economy, road safety and accessibility. We are determined to lead in the testing and development of safe autonomous transport.”
Director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, Joshua Harris says:
“Connected and autonomous vehicles have enormous potential to eliminate driver error and help put an end to the daily tragedy of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
“The technology and its potential is hugely exciting, but it’s critical that these vehicles are robustly tested for safety before allowing them on our roads.
“We support the leading role being played by UK government on this important agenda for safe mobility, and the safety assurance regime will undoubtedly be fundamental to its future success.”