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Autonomous vehicles ‘to reduce collisions by 22%'

25 September 2019

Story from Road Safety GB.

One in five fatal and serious collisions could be prevented with the introduction of automated vehicles, according to new research.

The study, carried out by TRL , considered a scenario where traditional and autonomous vehicles coexist on UK roads – looking specifically at one and two vehicle collisions.

It concluded 22% of collisions – in which one of the vehicles was replaced by a ‘level 4’ automated vehicle – could be avoided.

This type of vehicle is controlled for the entire dynamic driving task, so that the human driver is not required or expected to intervene.

Based on the prediction that 8%-19% of the total car fleet will be autonomous by 2040, the report estimates that up to 650 fatal and serious injury collisions could be prevented annually.

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