Engineers Want Rural Wales to Become a Driverless Car Hotspot

By Gary Cutlack on at

A comedy fleet of driverless cars is just the sort of thing that would benefit rural economies says a university study, which suggests the hills and valleys of rural Wales might be an ideal test bed for introducing autonomous vehicles to the UK.

Academics at Glyndwr University say the narrow roads are ideal for pioneering driverless transport, as an automated car would probably be better at reversing than your average tourist. The key use of driverless tech would be as taxis in rural spots to help boost failing public transport links, with engineers suggesting they could boost the economy by helping people get about on the cheap -- helping create a sustainable future for isolated spots.

Glyndwr lecturer Barry Johnston said: "There is a decline in rural populations as more and more young people head into the city to find work and the offset of this has been that public transport links have become even more infrequent - and non-existent in some areas. I think we're looking at five to ten years before something like this could become a reality and it would of course need the consent of people living in rural areas, with all of their concerns addressed." [BBC]