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Self-driving truck tests on UK roads

Strings of semi-driverless trucks will be put to test on largest British highways until the next year runs out, according to the government. The Transport Research Laboratory has been signed contract with to perform trials of vehicle groups.

Formation will consist of up to 3 trucks, and the main vehicle will be in charge of acceleration and braking. Though the AA chief noted that groups give cause for worries about the safety. The tests of the technology are going to start on special tracks, but they’re to be redeployed to the main highways before the end of 2018.

The vehicle at the lead in the groups will be under human driver’s control, likewise rearward movement of trucks will be controlled by drivers. Trucks moving close in a group can take advantage of the leading vehicle forcing the air away, allowing the following vehicles to move more efficiently and cutting back on emissions.

Paul Maynard pointed out that this could result in more economical fuel usage for businesses that would hopefully reach consumers’ end. This kind of project has been intended by the government since 2014.


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