Seminar on self driving vehicles

The Royal Institute of Navigation and the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network of the UK Technology Strategy Board held a seminar on this subject at the University of Nottingham in March. There is a detailed write-up of the discussions and presentations here. Lots of interesting stuff, including contacts, descriptions of research and testing, and so on. Personally I don’t see much here that addresses the chair’s opening remark that “Vehicle automation may have a role to play in addressing major road transport challenges of safety, pollution, and congestion.” Some of what is being reported here may eventually translate into products and services, or technologies, that impact on the sustainability of transport, but it is not immediately obvious hor – at least not to me.The military applications seem a lot nearer.

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