Autonomous lorries will be tested on UK motorways from later this year, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).
Platoons of HGVs, led by a driven lorry, with as many as nine lorries following in close convoy, will travel on quieter sections of UK motorways.
The aim of the testing is to find out the effect the lorry convoys have on traffic, as well as how they will work on the UK’s road network. It is believed that the convoys could eventually reduce the emissions and fuel consumption of HGV traffic, and cut the number of accidents involving HGVs on UK roads.
The government wants the UK to be at the forefront of autonomous technology, so this is the latest in a string of planned autonomous vehicle testing schemes.
No exact dates for the testing, or particular motorways, have been selected yet; this will be decided "in due course", according to a DfT spokesperson.
“New technology has the potential to bring major improvements to journeys and the UK is in a unique position to lead the way for the testing of connected and driverless vehicles,” added the DfT spokesperson.