Government and the UK automotive industry came together today to discuss plans to position Britain as a world leader in electric and connected and autonomous vehicle technology.
Attended by representatives of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, vehicle manufacturers, the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Office for Low Emission Vehicles, the meeting was chaired by Transport Minister John Hayes, who outlined the content and progress of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill.
The Bill, which today begins the House of Commons Committee stage, is designed to help position the UK as a global destination for the development of ultra-low emission and connected and autonomous vehicles.
It introduces new policies designed to modernise the UK’s transport system and help capitalise on a £51 billion a year economic opportunity.
Measures include electric charging infrastructure at motorway service stations and fuel retailers, ensuring charging points are compatible with all vehicles across all networks, and updating insurance rules to cater for autonomous driving.
Today’s roundtable came ahead of a major cross-industry event on connected and autonomous vehicles taking place on 30 March in London. SMMT Connected 2017 will bring together senior automotive executives, technology sector representatives and policy-makers to discuss the latest developments and challenges around connected and autonomous vehicle technology in the UK.