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Infrastructure

Emergency response

  • There will be fewer accidents and emergency response times will shorten. Autonomous zones will be controlled centrally and automatic alerts will be sent to enable vehicles to get to the scene quicker

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Journey management

  • Motorways and cities will be the first areas of the road network to test and develop autonomous vehicle capabilities
  • Journey times will shorten and become more predictable through the control of the speed and spacing of vehicles
  • Centrally-controlled vehicles will allow for more efficient routing and reporting, reducing journey times and avoiding delays

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Satellite technology

  • Satellite technology will facilitate seamless vehicle-to-vehicle communication and connected roads
  • Data from driverless vehicles on the road will help to improve road layouts, public transport and emergency response

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Street furniture

  • Road signs will become obsolete, offering potential cost savings and improved use of space
  • Driverless infrastructure and less street furniture in urban environments will result in a new Highway Code

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Social inclusion

  • A Driverless Economy will enable greater social inclusion as older people and people with disabilities and visual impairment benefit from increased mobility in their communities

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Infrastructure control

  • Central and local government bodies will have to work with technology providers to establish how the infrastructure is controlled
  • New command centres will emerge for controlling roads, monitoring traffic flow and analysing the data generated from driverless vehicles

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Environmental standards

  • City regions will be able to lower emissions and improve national air quality standards by controlling the speed and acceleration of autonomous vehicles

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