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The UK government has announced that the partially driverless lorries will be tried out on major British roads by end of year 2018.

A transportation research laboratory received a contract to test self driving vehicles.
 

Three trucks will travel together, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle. A human driver will handle the operation of lead truck and humans will also control the steering of lorries at the rear, however the acceleration and braking will be mirrored. 

According to BBC the Department of Transportation spokesman told that the experiments are now expected to go ahead as the contract had been awarded and TRL has announced its project partners: 

 

-        DAF Trucks, a Dutch lorry manufacturer

-        Ricardo, a British smart tech transport firm

-        DHL, a German logistics company
 

Platooning has been tested in a number of countries in the world including US, Germany and Japan.
 

Some say this could lead to cheaper fuel bills, lower emissions and less congestion but on the other hand Campaign group the Road Haulage Association said, “safety has to come first”.   There is no doubt that safety should be priority when it comes to self- driving vehicles and manufactures must make sure the technology is safe and works well on the roads.

  





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