A total of £1.3 million in government and industry funding has been awarded to local authorities and regional transport operators in the UK to carry out a study into the feasibility of using autonomous vehicle technology to improve local transport to different places. . This study aims to explore how autonomous vehicles can make transportation more convenient, environmentally friendly and safe.
The funding will be distributed across six projects in areas including Northumberland, Solihull, Inverness and the Isle of Skye. These projects will investigate the potential benefits of autonomous vehicle technology, such as reducing carbon emissions and increasing transportation safety.
These grants come from the Center for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles’ Connected and Automated Mobility program. Its purpose is to support local communities in using emerging transportation technologies to connect underserved areas with essential services such as employment centers, educational facilities and services. health care.
This funding is in addition to the nearly £850,000 previously awarded to four feasibility studies focusing on specific routes where self-driving cars could operate independently, with the aim of easing congestion. place
Autonomous vehicles have the potential to revolutionize public transportation, especially for people who don’t drive. They will also improve connectivity between rural communities and reduce accidents caused by human error.
Among the projects funded is the Autonomous Healthlink project in Northumberland, which will explore the possibility of an autonomous driving system connecting Seaton Delaval station to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. The Blythe Rural Automated Vehicle Operations project in the West Midlands aims to study a shuttle bus service on the M42, connecting the Blythe Valley Business Park to the UK Central Centre.
In addition, the study in Inverness and the Isle of Skye will assess the commercial potential of an autonomous car service in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The Dromos Connected and Automated System project in Bolton will investigate the feasibility of an autonomous driving system on a decommissioned railway line, connecting the Bolton Transport Interchange to the Royal Bolton Hospital. Finally, the HertsLynx and Integrated Mixed Traffic Mobility projects will study autonomous driving services in Hertfordshire.
These projects represent an important step towards realizing the full potential of autonomous vehicle technology to transform local transport and improve connectivity across different regions of the UK.