It has just been announced that in 2017, a £150 million connected roads project will be tested on UK roads.
According to Highways England, the project will focus on new technologies designed to improve our roads and make our journeys a lot smoother and a little more pleasant.
One of the technologies scheduled to be tested at the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey, for example, involves a radar that will monitor traffic and send automatic updates to control centres as soon as a breakdown is detected. This, in theory, will help minimise traffic.
On top of that, vehicles equipped with innovative technologies will be tested between London and Kent. They will reportedly be able to send signals to other vehicles on the road, informing them about incoming traffic, accidents or any other information they might find useful.
Connectivity has been a hot topic lately, with a great number of manufacturers experimenting with new technologies in an attempt to improve roads and take advantage of recent advancements in technology.
The government will also look into the possibility of using other technologies that could have an impact on traffic and our roads.
Highway England is also reportedly planning to open and “Test and Innovation Centre” with an aim to research and develop new technologies to make further improvements to the way we travel.
Whether you’re a fan of connectivity or not, there’s no denying that it’s great to see the government finally taking steps to improve things for motorists across the country.
A lot of criticism has been directed towards them over the years, so we recon people will meet this news with a little excitement.
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