The vehicles we drive every day are constantly evolving. But the latest wave of new technology heading our way is likely to have more of an impact on how we drive and use the roads than any other technology has in recent years.
We’re talking about the concept of ‘driverless’ cars. Although they’re currently referred to as driverless vehicles, this won’t strictly be true. These cars are utilising automated driving technology.
Fleet News recently highlighted recommendations from Bosch, which wants the UK government to undertake a series of initiatives to help boost driver acceptance of automated vehicles, as well as to help people understand what it means.
One of the company’s suggestions is to include automated driving in the UK driving test. This would help people learn about the different levels of automation in modern vehicles, as well as ensure people know how to safely manage driver to vehicle to driver communication.
Another recommendation is to offer vehicle safety awareness courses and technology days, where those who already have a licence can find out more about the technology.
Executive vice president and head of mobility solutions at Bosch Arun Srinivasan stated: “A nationally-led, simple and holistic approach is required, as it is only through pro-active, open and sustained engagement that we’ll see public confidence in automated driving begin to change.”
Despite the public’s scepticism of automated vehicles, tests of the technology are continuing apace. The UK Autodrive Project recently carried out some impressive demonstrations of autonomous and connected vehicle technology.
One of the most significant was a self-driving Range Rover, which successfully navigated the Coventry Ring Road. The car merged with traffic, changed lanes and exited the road at junctions safely.
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