Self Driving Cars Tested on UK Roads

We have previously written about the concept of autonomous vehicles and when we are expecting to see them on UK roads. Recently, it has been released that Nissan is testing their autonomous prototype vehicle called “Leaf” in London. Nissan plans to test all of their efforts by clocking up a total of 300 miles throughout London’s most hectic areas.

This is fuelling the hopes that within of the next few years we will see advances towards full autonomy. There will be specific sections of motorways where the car is able to take complete control and allow drivers to sit back and relax. Cars are suggested to be able to build a picture of the road environment ahead. Therefore, the car should be able to safely steer, brake and accelerate without human input.

Nissan is aiming to introduce a completed version by the year 2020. The prototype comes equipped with 12 cameras, five radars and six lasers to help the vehicle to identify oncoming obstacles and secure the safety of the passengers.

The global head of autonomous driving at Nissan, Tetsuya Iijima has carried out one of the vehicle tests and has stated that the cars that could be released in 2020 may have some limitations. In busy areas, it is stated that people would have to be careful, as the car “is not perfect”. Nissan’s main objective for creating such a vehicle is the safety of drivers. Approximately 93% of accidents are caused by the actions of a driver. If a self-driving vehicle replaces human input that this figure could be greatly reduced.

How long do you think it will take for us to see autonomous cars fully integrated onto UK roads? Would you want to use a driverless car anytime soon?

Whilst, we can’t give you exact dates on when autonomous vehicles will be ready we can be certain about one thing; our reliable couriering services. Click here if you would like to learn more about how we can improve your current logistics solution.


Latest News

Couriering Issues and How to Resolve Them

It is Halloween and we thought we'd take the opportunity to offer up some nightmares that could [...]

International Shipping Tips

  Our team are known for providing excellent couriering services across the UK but we al[...]

FAQs: Same Day Delivery

Same day delivery services continue to rise in popularity. But, do you know everything you need [...]

Digital Driving Licences

What is a digital driver licence? A digital driver licence is a version of your driver licence th[...]

New Post Boxes Trialed

The Royal Mail have recently begin trialing new post boxes that are a bit different to what we a[...]