Automation in transport: Leading the UK to a driverless future

The delay between the development and the actual deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs) has been underestimated, with AV deployment proving more complex and challenging than anticipated. TRL believes that for the United Kingdom to achieve the automation of transportation, there are several crucial needs: 1) A UK regulatory approval system for safe AV deployment. A flexible and responsive regulatory system is needed that can enable innovation by streamlining market entry and ease the burden of regulations on developers and manufacturers; 2) An uncomplicated and robust approach to ensure safety during trials and tests in order to facilitate trials across the UK. Methods for safety assurance varies between stakeholders and the inconsistencies can be a barrier to testing in many locations. TRL is developing software to support stakeholders in interacting with organisations performing trials; 3) A UK-wide safety investigation unit to monitor safety, analyse crash data, and investigate traffic incidents. TRL can identify behaviors that are likely to cause crashes. These behaviors can be monitored using in-vehicle data supplemented with environmental and location data from intelligent road infrastructure. This approach would promote continuous safety improvements, speed up innovation and development and make the goals of the UK government’s Vision Zero more realistic and achievable; 4) Advanced trials where technological boundaries are extended and solutions to deployment challenges are explored without compromising safety. Technological progress and learning can be accelerated through real-world testing and performance monitoring in intelligent road infrastructure; 5) Adoption and safe implementation of AVs for off-road activity and worker protection in high risk environments and practices. TRL has developed a draft Code of Practice to guide AV operators in off-road industries.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: 25p

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  • Accession Number: 01782396
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781912433667
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ACA017
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2021 12:03PM