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Study probes traffic impacts of autonomous vehicles

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Andrew Forster
20 January 2017
Strategic road network model network delay (peak period). At low levels of market penetration, CAVs could add slightly to delays, the study suggests.
Strategic road network model network delay (peak period). At low levels of market penetration, CAVs could add slightly to delays, the study suggests.

 

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will deliver little benefit to traffic flow on inter-urban roads until they form the majority of the vehicle fleet, research commissioned by the DfT suggests. But they may  bring benefits more quickly to urban traffic conditions.

The DfT commissioned consultants Atkins and White Willow Consulting to explore the impacts of CAVs at different levels of market penetration. A connected car is one capable of connecting to external networks, whether it be...

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