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  1. Published on: 06/01/2017 11:14 AMReported by: roving-eye



    The project used computer software to create virtual models of different parts of the UK road network including urban roads and a 20km motorway section.

    Delays and traffic flow were all shown to improve as the proportion of automated vehicles increased above specific levels.

    The study demonstrates that driverless cars offer major potential benefits when the proportion of them on the road is higher than the proportion of older, more traditional vehicles.

    This study is an important first step towards understanding the full range of complex effects of these technologies. It paves the way for further trials and research to help ensure the transition to driverless or automated vehicles is safe and beneficial for all.

    Transport Minister Johns Hayes said:

    This exciting and extensive study shows that driverless cars could vastly improve the flow of traffic in our towns and cities, offering huge benefits to motorists including reduced delays and more reliable journey times.

    Driverless cars are just one example of cutting edge technology which could transform the way in which we travel in the future, particularly in providing new opportunities for those with reduced mobility. This study reinforces our belief that these technologies offer major benefits and this government will support their research.

    The study examined different scenarios including the level of automation, the proportion of vehicles equipped with the technology and different automated driving styles.

    The main findings of the report included that:

    on major roads where traditional vehicles outnumbered automated vehicles benefits are relatively small, but increase as the percentage of driverless cars on the roads increases - when measuring peak traffic periods with a maximum of up to 100% of driverless vehicles we saw journey times reduced by more than 11% and delays cut by more than 40%
    on urban roads benefits are seen in peak traffic periods even with low levels of automated vehicles on roads - benefits include a 12% improvement in delays and a 21% improvement in journey time reliability
    As well as this study, the Department for Transport along with the Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles is publishing a response to a consultation on insurance for driverless cars.

    The response details proposals to extend compulsory motor insurance to include the use of automated vehicles. The response aims to establish a model where an insurer would cover both the driverís use of the vehicle and the driverless vehicle technology itself. These proposals are intended to be taken through the Modern Transport Bill.

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  3. paulollie says:06/01/2017 08:50 PM
    Testicles, just learn to drive repeat "LEARN" to drive that in its itself covers ALL the problems envisaged here.

  4. pedoja says:07/01/2017 08:26 AM
    Absolute madness!

    What are the inventers thinking of?

  5. Sproggy the Cat says:07/01/2017 11:46 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by pedoja View Post
    Absolute madness!

    What are the inventers thinking of?
    They also said that when they invented the horseless carriage.

  6. silver fox says:07/01/2017 07:47 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sproggy the Cat View Post
    They also said that when they invented the horseless carriage.
    Fine, when we get computer software that never "drops off line" now and again, or "freezes" when it gets information overload.

    It may well become a step forward, but there is a lot of development and investment needed before many will trust this sort of system in general use.

  7. Sproggy the Cat says:07/01/2017 10:18 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by silver fox View Post
    Fine, when we get computer software that never "drops off line" now and again, or "freezes" when it gets information overload.

    It may well become a step forward, but there is a lot of development and investment needed before many will trust this sort of system in general use.
    I do agree, I wouldn't even trust the self park applications. But without a doubt the driverless car will arrive, but until 90 percent of cars have it there will always be danger.

  8. Albion102 says:08/01/2017 12:20 PM
    There is a particularly troublesome junction (for the uninitiatied, Colchester is basically split into two by a valley with a river running through it and there are limited places to cross the river and the railway line.

    I was waiting for about 10 minutes and noted that at least 3 more cars could get through on each change of lights, because people's basic clutch control and confidence was in sufficient and you end up with 2/3 car lengths between vehicles as they cross the junction. Driverless cars could aggressively taligate through, with minimal risk. A small example of what could be achieved.

  9. Georgio says:08/01/2017 02:01 PM
    If "driverless cars" are such a good idea, why isn't there a big push for driverless trains ?

  10. r4dent says:10/01/2017 07:27 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Georgio View Post
    why isn't there a big push for driverless trains ?

    The Docklands Light Railway opened in 1987 and operates as a driverless, computerised system. The railway's performance and dependability is among the best in mainland UK - for example, around 99% of trains depart on schedule.


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