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Budget 2015: Driverless cars investment is step in right direction, says Deloitte

In the Budget, the Chancellor said the funds will be invested into the Research and Development of Intelligent Mobility, which will focus on enhancing the development of driverless car technology and the wider systems required to implement and adopt the technology – such as telecommunications.

David Raistrick, UK automotive leader at Deloitte, responded: “Driverless vehicles are expected to be a multi-billion pound industry over the next decade. Those countries that are most likely to benefit will be early adopters, supported by early investment. This will lead to greater global positioning and involvement across the wider industry. 

“Whilst £100m is not significant in terms of the overall level of investment required, it is nonetheless, a valuable step in the right direction. If the UK is to benefit from the many advantages of this technology, we must continue to be committed to its development. 

“With the value of the global car and commercial vehicles market estimated as being in excess of $4 trillion, it is vital that Britain is at the forefront of the development of this emerging technology.  There is little doubt that autonomous vehicles are going to make a major contribution, both positive and disruptive, over the coming decades and government must play its part in ensuring that the infrastructure necessary to support its adoption is in place.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.