London not ready for driverless cars before 2030s, report says

While the UK government has predicted that connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will be on Britain’s roads by 2021, infrastructure and connectivity issues mean London is unlikely to see them until a decade later, the London Assembly’s transport committee said in a study released Tuesday.

“There is much hype around CAVs becoming a feature of our roads in the imminent future,” according to the report. “This is not likely to be the case, with 2030 to 2040 more realistic for widespread rollout.”

The level of congestion in London also means driverless cars would risk bringing the city to a standstill in the event of a very high take-up, it says, recommending that Mayor Sadiq Khan begin a sustained campaign to make car-sharing the norm before they’re introduced.