Driverless cars: industry experts' view
11 February 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
"The government's industrial strategy is backing the automotive sector as it goes from strength to strength; we are giving business the confidence to invest over the long term and developing cutting-edge technology that will create high skilled jobs."
Business secretary, Vince Cable
"We are delighted to see that the government is providing the financial and legal support required to get these exciting trials underway. The BVRLA and its members are looking forward to working with these and other projects that are set to put the UK at the forefront of the driverless cars revolution."
BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney.
"We're still a few years away from fully autonomous vehicles becoming an everyday sight on the streets of the UK, but it's great to see the Government taking steps to make the UK a world leader in driverless technology. Clarity over legislation and driving standards will be vital for ensuring the adoption of driverless vehicles in the UK is a success, so the fact the Government is already taking steps to address this issue is good news for the industry."
John Chuhan, chief risk officer, Alphabet
"The review is a statement of intent by the government, who are forging ahead with bringing driverless cars to UK roads in 2015. Businesses must begin investing in training on the latest vehicle technologies in order to meet future demands. Even if driverless cars do not become common, their development will accelerate the inclusion of driver aid and driver safety systems on modern vehicles, raising the skills requirement to work on them."
The Institute of the Motor Industry, CEO Steve Nash
Institution of Engineering and Technology:
"Driverless vehicles have huge potential to transform the UK's transport network. They could improve road safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions. But there are important challenges to address before these cars can be mainstream on our roads. Public acceptance and trust are crucial, so these trials must get to grips with the best ways to win over everyone from car manufacturers to consumers to the benefits of driverless cars."
Hugh Boyes, cyber expert, Institution of Engineering and Technology
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