Rural infrastructure holes to inhibit autonomous vehicle usage
The initial benefits of autonomous vehicles will be restricted to urban environments unless a common framework is developed across the UK.
That’s the finding of a new white paper that says it is important that the benefits of such vehicles aren’t reserved purely for city dwellers.
Developed as the fourth in a series of white papers by law firm Gowling WLG and the UK Autodrive consortium, the white paper entitled, ‘Paving the way – building the road infrastructure of the future for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs)’ sets out that reliable connectivity and coverage will be key to ensuring the long-term benefits of CAVs – and that the current digital infrastructure in the UK cannot provide the level of connectivity required.
It also states that ensuring shared/connected transport services work in rural areas, could have massive benefits both for the population and authorities.
The paper outlines how alongside the technological developments required, a new business model is also needed, established on a more collaborative approach. Gowling WLC added that public and private sectors need to be open to new ideas and ready to support new technologies.
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