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Bristol involved in UK-funded driverless car trial

13 February 2015

VENTURER is the name of the consortium, which will trial autonomous vehicles in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire council areas to explore the feasibility of driverless cars in the UK.

Officially launched on 11 February, the VENTURER trial will run for 36 months. Testing of the consortium’s autonomous vehicle, the BAE Systems Wildcat, on private and public roads is due to begin in early 2016.

The project will investigate the legal and insurance aspects of driverless cars and explore how the public react to such vehicles.

The VENTURER consortium is made up of a range of organisations from across different sectors.

The VENTURER trial is one of three projects being funded by Innovate UK to investigate how driverless vehicles could fit in with every-day life. The GATEway project will explore new forms of automated technology in Greenwich while the UK Autodrive project is being run in Milton Keynes and Coventry.