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More than half of new cars in the UK are now sold with autonomous car safety technology, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Autonomous emergency braking, cruise control – which helps maintain a safe distance between vehicles – and collision warning systems, are now found in more UK cars than ever before. The SMMT believes that by the year 2030, autonomous technology will prevent 25,000 serious accidents and 2,500 lives each year.
Autonomous cars could be being tested on UK roads as early as next year, according to the Chancellor, George Osborne. Mr Osborne will make the announcement in the budget on Wednesday. It is hoped that the UK can “lead the world in new technologies and infrastructure”. The Chancellor says action needs to be taken now so Britain has a chance of pioneering new technologies and infrastructure.
Numerous car-based technological developments are in the offing this year, promising to make driving safer, less hassle and more fun. Here are some of the most exciting new technologies set to appear in a car near you in 2016...
As our motorcycle breakdown cover customers are well aware, motorcycling will always be more dangerous than car travel. What might be a minor prang for a motorist could be a life-threatening situation for a motorcyclist. Since motorbike riders will never have the benefit of roll cages or side impact bars, communicating their intentions on the road is crucial. And of all intentions, signalling to turn is the most important to communicate to other road users.
Tech giant Google has released data on the number of times a human driver had to seize control of its autonomous test vehicles over the last 15 months. In the 32-page report the firm revealed that 424,331 miles of road had been covered in autonomous mode. Of these, there were 272 cases when the car detected a problem and passed control back to the human driver. 60 other events occurred in wh...
Google has reacted with disappointment after learning California regulators may insist a human is present in all autonomous vehicles. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) revealed draft regulations on Wednesday stating that a human driver must be present in order to take control of an autonomous vehicle in the event of a technology failure. “The primary focus of the deployment r...
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