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Thatcham Research Welcomes News of Government Driverless Car Ambitions, but ‘Safety Must Come First’

Following news today of the Department for Transport’s intention to support fully Driverless car trials on public roads by the end of the year, Thatcham Research, a leading player in the safety dynamics of Automated Driving offers its response.

Director of Research, Matthew Avery comments, “We support the Government’s ambition to position the UK at the vanguard of technology development. We also welcome the advent of fully Automated cars and the many benefits to mobility and car safety they will bring. However, the desire to accelerate the implementation of these technologies while keeping all road users safe is a delicate balancing act. Safety must be a key priority, and this must not be compromised to achieve a leadership position.

“We look forward to the opportunity to engage in the Government’s consultation on The Automated Driving Code of Practice.”

Follow the link for further detail on what defines an Automated vehicle:

https://news.thatcham.org/pressreleases/insurers-set-out-criteria-for-what-drivers-should-expect-from-vehicles-described-as-automated-2251926

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As the UK's only insurer funded automotive research centre, Thatcham Research enjoy a wide remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology. Thatcham's leading work in vehicle safety and security has a vital role in shaping the designs of new vehicles, whilst the centre is also seen as a key industry player at the forefront of driving standards in vehicle body repair.

Thatcham's Crash Laboratory is the only official UK crash testing centre for consumer safety body Euro NCAP and are viewed as a centre of excellence when it comes to active vehicle safety, particularly the evaluation of new Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) which provide the foundation for future vehicle autonomy.

Enjoying an increasingly global influence in both the insurance and automotive sectors, Thatcham Research expertise is in great demand with a range of opinion leaders being regularly asked to provide their experience and know-how at high profile events and in the media, living up to their reputation as ‘Experts in Safety, Security and Crash Repair’.

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