Driver Behaviour May Not Differ With Autonomous Vehicles

Driver Behaviour May Not Differ With Autonomous Vehicles

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Latest research by TRL as part of the GATEway driverless cars project in Greenwich suggests that behaviour among human drivers would remain largely unchanged in the presence of autonomous vehicles.

"What we have found suggests that people find it hard to recognise automated vehicles and/or don't yet understand how automated vehicles behave" commented TRL Academy Director Nick Reed, "In terms of their driving behaviour, they therefore treat them as they would any other vehicle". However he added "It is possible that this could change as exposure to autonomous vehicles increases, but more evidence is needed to substantiate this". It may, therefore, be preferable to ensure that the first autonomous vehicles are not identifiable as such to other road-users.

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