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Study finds 78 percent of public support autonomous vehicles

29 March 2018 #CV Sector #News #TNB News

Research by the GATEway Project has revealed that 78 percent of the general public support the idea of autonomous vehicles.

The GATEway project is currently undertaking trials of driverless pod technology in Greenwich, London, and 31,000 members of the public engaged with the research. 78 percent of those polled indicated broad support for the idea of driverless vehicles on urban streets, provided they are safe and resistant to cyber attack.

Leading the study was a consortium made up of industry experts, academics and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Research was conducted by TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, the University of Greenwich, Commonplace and the Royal College of Art.

Richard Cuerden, Academy Director, TRL, commented, “This is just the beginning of the journey towards connected and autonomous vehicles. Thanks to the GATEway Project’s research, the UK is in a prime position to build upon the lessons learned and experienced gained in trialling a whole range of driverless vehicles in urban environments. We see driverless vehicles as a practical solution to delivering safe, clean, accessible and affordable mobility and we are proud to be part of creating our future transport system.”

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