GATEway – broad UK public support for autonomous vehicles

The GATEway project has published research suggesting that 78% of the UK public support the idea of autonomous vehicles.

The GATEway project is an autonomous vehicles testing project taking place in Greenwich. It is part funded by government and private interests.

31,000 people were surveyed, showing broad support for the technology. It showed the support is conditional on safety and immunity from cyber attacks. The study was created by a consortium 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.

“This is just the beginning of the journey towards connected and autonomous vehicles,” Richard Cuerden, academy director, TRL. “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.

Cuerden continued, “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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