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UK Autodrive project concludes with autonomous Range Rover demo

A Range Rover Sport has completed the first ever self-driving lap of the Coventry Ring Road, showcasing its ability to change lanes, merge with traffic and exit junctions at the speed limit of 40mph.

The autonomous Range Rover Sport completed a lap of the Coventry Ring Road

The demo formed part of the last three days of the £20m government-funded UK Autodrive project, which has concluded after a three-year programme.

The project was the largest of three to have emerged from the Government’s ‘Introducing Driverless Cars’ competition in 2015, which had the aim of establishing the UK as a global hub for the development of autonomous vehicle technologies.

The UK Autodrive trials have been heralded as having played a pivotal role in positioning the UK as a leader in the CAV space, helping support the Government’s ambition to see driverless cars on the road by 2021, and making the UK a top destination for future investment and CAV research and development.

Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: “We are on the cusp of an exciting and profound change in how people, goods and services move around the country which is set to be driven by extraordinary innovation. UK Autodrive is helping put the UK at the forefront of that change.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.