78 per cent of public support autonomous vehicles

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78 per cent of the public support the idea of autonomous vehicles, according research by the GATEway Project.

Trials of the GATEway Project technology in Woolwich.

The GATEway project is currently trailing its driverless pod technology in the Greenwich Peninsula.

The results, based on data from 31,000 members of the public, show that there is broad support for the technology, provided driverless vehicles are safe and resistant to cyber attacks. The study was created by a consortium of industry experts, academics and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Research was conducted by TRL, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, the University of Greenwich, Commonplace and the Royal College of Art.

“This is just the beginning of the journey towards connected and autonomous vehicles,” Richard Cuerden, academy director, TRL. “Thanks to the GATEway Project’s research, the UK is in a prime position to build upon the lessons learned and experienced gained in trialling a whole range of driverless vehicles in urban environments.

We see driverless vehicles as a practical solution to delivering safe, clean, accessible and affordable mobility and we are proud to be part of creating our future transport system.”

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