Economic potential of autonomous vehicles quantified

According to new research commissioned by the British Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the development of connected and autonomous vehicles could help generate 320,000 jobs in the UK alone.

In what is considered to be the first comprehensive analysis of the UK opportunities provided by autonomous driving technology, KPMG found that these new vehicles could deliver a £51 billion boost to the UK economy.

What’s more, they could reduce serious road traffic accidents by more than 25,000 a year by 2030, according to SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager.

The study comes on the back off Daimler Trucks becoming the world´s first manufacturer to be granted a road license for an autonomous heavy-duty truck in the US state of Nevada and Scania continuing to advance with the concept of platooning.

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