Road build­ing needs rein­vent­ing

CAR (UK) - - Tech -

It’s no co­in­ci­dence that a lot of tri­als of self-driv­ing cars take place in mod­ern cities such as Mil­ton Keynes, which has well sur­faced roads laid out on a grid sys­tem. Much of the rest of the world looks noth­ing like this. Le­ices­ter, just an hour up the M1, would be a much harder chal­lenge, with hig­gledy-pig­gledy park­ing, in­ter­mit­tent cy­cle lanes and some hi­lar­i­ously over­bur­dened round­abouts.

Roads them­selves are still built in a way that would be recog­nis­able to the Ancient Ro­mans. They’re more or less okay for what’s cur­rently be­ing asked of them, but to un­leash the full po­ten­tial of the tech­nol­ogy new roads should be brim­ming with sen­sors.

These pods work a treat on des­ig­nated path­ways. It’s a big leap to pub­lic roads

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