Autonomous Lorries to be trialed this year on the M6

Autonomous Lorries to be trialed this year on the M6

07 Mar 2016

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Convoys of driverless lorries head for the motorway

Automated lorries connected by wireless technology will be trialed on British motorways this year under government plans to be announced in this week's budget designed to speed up deliveries and cut congestion. Steering, acceleration and braking will be controlled by the lead driver but all trucks will have an operator in the cab in case of an emergency.
The chancellor is preparing to fund a trial of driverless HGVs as part of a technological revolution on the roads. The trial is set to take place on the M6 near Carlisle , which could result in convoys of up to ten computer-controlled lorries being driven just metres apart. Britain is one of the countries at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development and the announcement in next week's budget is expected to be part of a wider funding boost for research into driverless and connected vehicles. The move is aimed at improving safety, cutting fatalities and easing congestion on a motorway network already stretched to capacity. Source: Tim Cosgrove Co-Star