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A look down the road: how driverless cars will change Britain

Recent history is speckled with companies and sectors positively disrupted by technological advances – our roads are surely next. People spend an average of 235 hours driving each year through a landscape that has largely remained unchanged since the days of Henry Ford.

The change that will come is something many governments are already thinking about, with the UK publishing its first report and action plan for driverless vehicles at the start of 2016. The report followed announcements from the likes of Google, Audi, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover – all of whom are making bold predictions about when driverless technology will move from concept to reality.

Despite the enthusiasm of an industry estimated to be worth £900bn globally by 2025, in the medium term it’s still premature for drivers to start planning suitable pastimes to while away the hours spent speeding down the motorway with the vehicle in total control.

While consumer uptake can be capricious, our infrastructure sector is well placed to start anticipating how these technologies will shape of road network. So what are the short term priorities, and the longer term implications? Read our full report to find out more.

A look down the road: how driverless cars will change Britain

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“The benefits of a driverless Britain could be monumental. Road travel will become safer and journey times will become more predictable. ”