by Iain Roberts on 18 January, 2019
The Manchester Evening News is reporting that autonomous, or self-driving, cars are expected to be tested on Stockport’s roads in 2019. A convoy of cars will be trialed running from Stockport Station to Manchester Airport via the new relief road.
The MEN says:
Three of these will be rolled out, running from Stockport railway station, down the A6, on to the 10km bypass which links to the M56 via the A555, where they will travel in ‘platoon’ or ‘convoy’ to Manchester Airport.
The GTM will always have a driver in it to monitor the trial and take over the controls if necessary.
This trial will not include passengers from the public and will be purely for research purposes.
The sports cars will run in ‘convoy’ with the goal of saving energy by reducing drag and taking up less road space to look at future ways of improving congestion.
The trials are due to take place in December 2019 and January 2020. The current predictions are that fully-autonomous cars will be driving properly on roads in Greater Manchester by 2021.10 Comments