The group will look at some of the key problems facing driverless cars, including the threat of cyber attacks and how such vehicles should be insured. It said their work will be a “public demonstration of the viability of this technology”.
Other partners in the Driven group include O2’s owner TELEFONICA, TRANSPORT FOR LONDON and the UK ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY.
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Dr Graeme Smith, chief executive of Oxford-based company Oxbotica, said last night: “Today’s news is truly groundbreaking. No company, group or consortium of autonomy experts has attempted what Driven is planning over the next 30 months.
“We are seeking to address some of the most fundamental challenges preventing the commercial deployment of fully autonomous vehicles.”
Prof Paul Newman, of Oxford University, added: “We’re moving from the singleton autonomous vehicle to fleets of autonomous vehicles — and what’s interesting is what data the vehicles share with one another, when and why.”