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Wednesday, 11th February 2015 - 12:00

ITS United Kingdom Welcomes Department for Transport “Pathway to Driverless Cars” Report

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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.

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For further information, please contact:

 

Jennie Martin

ITS (UK)

Tel:

+44(0)20 7709 3003
Email:
mailbox@its-uk.org.uk

 Notes to editors:

ITS UNITED KINGDOM, the UK association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), is a not-for-profit public/private sector association financed by members' subscriptions, and provides a forum for all organisations concerned with ITS. We work to bring the benefits that ITS can offer in terms of economic efficiency, transport safety, and environmental benefits to the United Kingdom - and at the same time expand the ITS market.  The term ITS covers the use of IT and communications technologies for surface transport applications. 

The membership, around 150 UK organisations, comprises Government Departments, Local Authorities, Police Forces, consultants, manufacturing and service companies, and academic and research institutions.

Members benefit from ITS United Kingdom activities including seminars, workshops and regular news dissemination. ITS United Kingdom encourages discussion on issues such as public/private co-operation, standards, legislation, information provision and new technology.

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