Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), also referred to as driverless cars. If you have any questions that have not been answered, feel free to Contact us.
Human error is a factor in over 90% of deaths and injuries on our roads. CAVs look to reduce this significantly. The vehicles will be required to respect all traffic laws – observing all speed limits and traffic signals. They will not tailgate other drivers or undertake risky manoeuvres. The full positive impact associated with CAVs will be understood in time. Throughout FLOURISH trials, CAVs will be tested under the supervision of experienced technicians and the health and safety of our staff and members of the public is treated with the upmost importance.
Increased safety is one of the main benefits, since human error is estimated to be responsible for more than 90% of today’s road accidents. Fully automated systems are also predicted to radically reduce the number of cars on the roads and produce cars that drive much more efficiently, leading to benefits for the environment as well as freeing up space currently used for parking. Once cars are able to drive without any human intervention at all, there will also be significant time savings as people are freed up from their hours currently spent at the wheel. Fully automated vehicles would also be accessible by people who cannot currently drive, for example due to age or disability.
Data will underpin the new insurance models and charging schemes that will come as part of this evolving marketplace. It is clear that if improved safety capability leads to reduced accidents then insurance costs should reduce. However, intelligent data models and market awareness must be factored in also.
The project is co-funded by UK Government.
By adopting a user-centred approach, FLOURISH will achieve a better understanding of consumer demands and expectations, including the implications and challenges of an ageing society. Therefore, FLOURISH will engage selected groups to take part in discussion forums and planned trials.
FLOURISH recognises that in order to fully integrate CAVs into the UK transport network, there are a number of hurdles to overcome before it becomes a reality. The project aims to address the challenges around public acceptance; the legal and insurance requirements for the successful adoption of CAVs; and the application of existing and new technologies in a real-world environment for safe deployment.
Connectivity will allow vehicles to connect to the internet, and communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure, providing valuable information for the driver for example on road, traffic, and weather conditions.
A vehicle which uses a range of advanced vehicle systems, enabling it to operate for periods of time with little driver intervention. In time we anticipate this technology evolving to operate a vehicle with no driver control input.