As part of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into autonomous vehicles, the Committee have today visited the GATEway Project in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, one of the research development programmes for self-driving vehicles in the UK.
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will begin its inquiry to investigate driverless vehicles and their future on UK roads on Tuesday 1 November. The committee will hear evidence from government officials and leading academic experts.
Milton Keynes has become the first town in the UK to conduct trials involving carrying passengers while the cars operate entirely without human control. Transport Systems Catapult, which is behind the tests, says the primary aim is to make vehicles safer.
To meet the growing demand of Asian vehicle manufacturers for surrounding sensors, production of short-range radar sensors was launched in Calamba in the Philippines towards the end of 2015. Short-range radar sensors perform functions like Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Assist. Driving forces include legal requirements, but the customers’ demands for more safety and comfort are also of key importance. Additionally, the production of the Multi Function Camera with Lidar will be launched in autumn this year. The plan is to produce over ten million short range radar sensors and one million camera systems in Calamba in the future.
On 3 May Volvo Cars announced that it is planning an autonomous driving (AD) trial in the UK next year. The company said it is pioneering the development of AD systems globally as part of its commitment that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by the year 2020.
Lorries driven by computers are to be trialled under government plans to ease motorway congestion and improve safety. It is understood as many as ten of the trucks will form a tightly packed ‘road train’ in the inside lane. The convoy – operated by one driver at the front – will be electronically linked using wireless technology, allowing the vehicles to drive closer together and free up motorway space.