Scotland’s role in developing and deploying this new technology
Launched in 2018 this event brought together the sectors of the industry in Scotland who will be responsible for the delivery, regulation and management of CAVs on the Scottish network with the world’s leading experts and thought leaders in the field alongside the technology companies/demonstrators and associated organisations with an interest in CAVs.
Although the regulation around CAV is not devolved, the Scottish Government wishes Scotland to be at the forefront of developments in this area, offering high quality test and demonstrator opportunities to developers and industry. Scotland has huge geographic and socio-economic diversity and can offer opportunities to test and develop CAV in a wide range of environments, including some very remote rural areas where infrastructure and communications are very different from large metropolitan areas.
The Scottish Government’s Programme for Government sets very clear objectives for Scotland in delivering a low carbon economy. This includes commitments to low and ultra-low emission vehicles, the phasing out of the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 and the introduction of an ‘Electric Highway’ along the A9, demonstrating that electric vehicles offer important advantages to motorists in rural, as well as urban Scotland.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP said: ‘The deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles in Scotland will bring transformative change to the way we travel and work, as well as having a positive impact on the economy, the environment and safety. Scotland is very much open for business when it comes to trialling these vehicles, with our trunk road network providing a wide range of environments as a diverse testing ground.
‘The CAV Scotland event provided an excellent opportunity for leading motor manufacturers, suppliers of autonomous vehicles, regulators, innovators, business leaders and academics to debate Scotland’s role in developing and deploying this exciting new technology.’