The organisation created by government and industry to focus on key areas of UK capability in the global connected and self-driving vehicle sector has launched the world’s first self-driving roadmap.

Zenzic’s UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030 is written to clearly show the connections, cross-sector interdependencies and collaboration required to get self-driving vehicles on Britain’s roads in significant numbers by 2030.

The roadmap is based on four key themes: Society and People, Vehicles, Infrastructure and Services. It also identifies six Golden Threads that show areas dependent on cross-industry collaboration and parallel developments to achieve the goal of self-driving services being accessible to the public by 2030.

Key insights from the roadmap include:

Collaboration is the key: If all the activity in the roadmap was scheduled sequentially with no parallel efforts, it would take until 2079 for the UK to benefit from self-driving vehicles on the roads. The unique and deliberate cooperation between industry, academia and government in the UK is the key to achieving the benefits of CAM.
Legislation and regulation changes are critical: Of the 500+ milestones in the roadmap, regulations, standards and legislation are the most critical enablers for the development, trialling and deployment of self-driving technologies and services. These include a consistent framework for the approval and licencing of self-driving vehicles, agreed safety standards, and the creation of a digital ‘Highway Code’.

Safety is a priority and vital for public acceptance: The majority of road incidents currently involve human error. By leveraging automation to remove humans from the task of driving, organisations harness the ability to vastly reduce the number of serious collisions. Additionally, the number one factor in achieving public acceptability is a clear and transparent approach to safety.

Societal outcomes must be at the centre of our planning: To date, a vehicle-centric focus has been adopted to progress self-driving technology. By thinking today about how technology and services will benefit society at large in 2030, the UK is better placed to unlock the full value of CAM. Through the sharing of data, self-driving vehicles will contribute to more efficient use of our roads, improve safety and offer more inclusive transport options to more people. This will benefit not only society but also the economy.

Cyber security is a major UK competitive advantage: With the UK at the forefront of cyber security technology, and half of the roadmap dependent on it, the country has an opportunity to leverage our homegrown solutions to progress CAM capabilities and lead the way globally.

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