The UK’s Royal Automobile Club autonomous vehicle trial

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The Royal Automobile Club is to undertake an autonomous vehicle trial on Monday, October 31, at the Club’s Woodcote Park estate in Surrey, UK, to mark the opening of London Motor Week 2016.

Woodcote Park’s iconic Captain’s Drive will serve as the venue for the trial. The planned 1km route – which will take place on a strictly non-competitive, safe and enclosed course over tarmac roads – will feature city center conditions, an open road environment and challenges such as a hill start and basic maneuvers. These features mirror those of the original Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial, which was held over 20 days in 1900.

Chairman of The Royal Automobile Club, Tom Purves, said, “This is all about the evolution of motoring – something the Club has a proud history of supporting. Probably the most significant development of automotive technologies in the next decade, the introduction of driverless and autonomous vehicles, will require a combined effort and commitment from all areas of the motor industry. It is in this spirit, and in line with the Club’s long established commitment to pioneering motoring, that we introduce the Autonomous Vehicle Trial.”

March 3, 2016

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