self-driving HGV's to hit UK roads
Head out on the motorways of Britain later this year and you might come across a self-driving HGV convoy or two. Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce new trials of the technology in his upcoming budget speech, the BBC reports.
The M6 in Cumbria will be one of the test sites, with an automated "platoon" of lorries led by a front vehicle carrying an actual real human driver. Apparently, the trials are going to take place on quiet stretches of motorway.
The end goal is to cut congestion, government sources say. Up to 10 lorries could drive in tandem, using advanced mathematics and computer software to drive as efficiently and as close to each other as possible.