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    What is UK Autodrive?

    We are a consortium of leading technology and automotive businesses, forward thinking local authorities and academic institutions who are working together on a major three-year UK trial of self-driving vehicle and connected car technologies. The trial will culminate in a series of urban demonstrations on selected public roads and footpaths in the host cities of Milton Keynes and Coventry. As well as showcasing the latest technology, UK Autodrive will also investigate other important aspects of automated driving – including safety and cyber-security, legal and insurance issues, public acceptance for connected and autonomous vehicles and the potential business models for turning automated driving systems into a widespread reality.

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    How is the programme funded?

    UK Autodrive is the largest of three separate consortia that are currently trialling automated vehicle systems as part of the government’s “Introducing driverless cars to UK roads” competition. The project is jointly funded by government and industry, and delivered by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, with the total investment adding up to approximately £19.4 million. For more on the two other consortia taking part in the competition, see the Venturer and GATEway websites.

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    What are the programme’s main aims?

    As part of the “Introducing driverless cars to UK roads” competition, the UK Autodrive programme will help to establish the UK as a global hub for the research, development and integration of automated and connected vehicles into society. We will also use the programme to increase public awareness of autonomous vehicle and connected car technologies, and to enable cities to understand how they can best facilitate and benefit from automated transport systems.

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    What are the main 'milestones' for the project and what information will be made public?

    The UK Autodrive programme got underway in November 2015 and is set to run for three years. There will be several major milestones throughout the project, including the start of the vehicle trials – currently scheduled for autumn 2016, following completion of the preparation, safety and development work. In the last year of the programme, autonomous cars and pods will become a regular sight on the streets and pavements of Coventry and Milton Keynes.

    Key information and findings from the UK Autodrive programme will be made readily available to the public, both via the media and directly on the UK Autodrive website. In addition, we are planning to hold regular stakeholder workshops in the two host cities as well as distributing a free-subscription online newsletter. UK Autodrive representatives will also be attending and speaking at major conferences and events on connected and autonomous vehicles and related topics.

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