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UK to trial driverless trucks

March 24, 2016 2:36 pm Category: Latest News, Trucking A+ / A-
Daimler's driverless Freightliner is already being trialled in the US, and could be part of the UK trial

Daimler’s driverless Freightliner is already being trialled in the US, and could be part of the UK trial

The driverless vehicle push in the UK received major momentum in the Government’s March budget, with confirmation of a trial of self-driving trucks.

The government has confirmed “lorry platooning trials” where trucks travel in a convoy, with the leading truck controlled by a driver.

The UK is pushing for the country to be “a global centre for excellence in connected and autonomous vehicles.”

The Times newspaper has reported the the trials will take place on a “quiet stretch” of a motorway in Cumbria later this year.

The move to driverless trucks is not popular with everyone, with UK media saying the move faces opposition from the nation’s estimated 285,000 truck drivers, who fear they will lose their jobs.

Also, motoring organisation the the Automobile Association says a poll of its members showed concerns about the safety of driverless trucks.

In the US last year, German vehicle manufacturer Daimler unveiled its first self-driving commercial truck licensed to drive on U.S. public highways, the Freightliner Inspiration Truck,

The UK will also trial driverless cars by next year.

 

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