Miles of roads in the UK are to be used for testing connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. The UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment project will evaluate new tech in real-world driving conditions.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.gizmag.com
Another great example of funds and supported projects designed to help develop smarter cities. With urban growth these are totally essential. I would hope that countries work closer together on these projects because reinventing lots of wheels doesn’t make them compatible and in countries where you can drive across borders, systems need to continue working seamlessly. Or countries like New Zealand where the majority of car imports are used cars from other countries, particularly Japan, which were never designed to be driven outside of that country.
My greatest concern is to ensure that OEM aftermarket solutions are developed at the same pace because there are a number of potential wild cards.
1. Less people will buy cars.
2. There will be a resultant growing stock of aged cars.
3. If those cars are not able to communicate on these new networks then a primary function of the new technologies may be to protect the new vehicle occupants from the old, rather than improving urban travel mobility, journey predictability, reducing congestion and costs; and network efficiency.
I sometimes wonder which cart is driving the horse. Is it the Google’s and BI leaders, the car manufacturers, central and local governments, oil companies or the people?