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    Will the vehicles be used on public roads?

    The M1 vehicles will travel on public roads under controlled conditions for limited time periods in a demonstration environment. It is envisaged that these roads will initially be closed off to public traffic on the trial days, although members of the public will be able to watch the trials from secure vantage points. Based on the results of these initial trials, it may be possible to conduct additional trial days in which the M1 vehicles travel on open roads alongside regular cars driven by the public. Trained operators will always be at the wheel ready to take control of the cars if needed. The low-speed pods are designed to operate in pedestrianised areas and will not therefore operate on the highway, other than when crossing the road.

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    Which roads will be used?

    The precise roads and footpaths to be used will be determined following discussions with Milton Keynes Council and Coventry City Council and communicated to the public well in advance of the trial days. The roads selected will provide a mix of grid-based streets (in Milton Keynes) and more traditional urban road layouts (in both cities). The roads and road layouts will be selected to publically demonstrate the capabilities of the vehicles within the project.

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    How are you involving the public?

    As well as inviting members of the public to observe some of the trial days, we will be holding regular information events in Milton Keynes and Coventry as well as publishing announcements and key findings from the programme on the UK Autodrive website. In the programme’s later stages, it is planned that selected members of the public will be able to take part in the trials of the pavement-based pods. In addition, we will be running a series of surveys, both in the host cities and around the world, to monitor changes in public opinion towards self-driving vehicles.

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    How fast will the vehicles travel?

    The pavement-based pods will have a maximum capable speed of 24kmh (15mph) but will be further limited electronically depending upon the environment they are travelling in (for example, moving more slowly in congested areas). The M1 cars will have an operator at the wheel throughout the duration of the programme and will drive within the regular speed limits of the roads being used for the trials.

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