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'Self-driving' cars will help generate 320,000 jobs and boost UK economy by £51bn - KPMG research

Mike Bell, global connected car director Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The potential of the connected car is huge. It is certainly one of our top priorities and we are making a significant investment in the technology, skills and partnerships to make this a reality. Jaguar Land Rover is taking a leading role and is actively embracing the connected car. We have huge potential to ensure the car has a prominent role in the Internet of Things, which will enhance the driving experience and make driving smarter, safer and even cleaner in the years to come.”
Graham Hoare, director of global vehicle evaluation and verification at Ford, said: “Ford aims to help change the way the world moves and data and data analytics are key enablers in delivering this change. For example, it is essential to deliver car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure information to provide comprehensive information of the traffic environment that will allow autonomous driving cars to actually reach their destination.”
John Leech, head of automotive at KPMG in the UK, said: “Our study has established that the UK is well-positioned to capitalise on the development and production of connected and autonomous cars. Not only will these developments help vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers, but they will bolster jobs, trade and productivity across the economy. Connected and autonomous vehicles will promote social inclusion, reduce pollution and save lives. This represents an important opportunity for the economy but one that requires continued focus and commitment from government and business.”

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  • Henno - 31/03/2015 15:54

    Do these 320,000 jobs take into account all the driver jobs you will be losing?

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  • Guy Ainsley - 31/03/2015 15:54

    What has this got to do with the UN Vienna Convention? We are not the only European country not to have signed. In any case, those who have signed have no practical restriction on what they do as demonstrated by the fact that they are doing it. Does Robert Goodwill think that BMW etc. are going to sit there and wait?

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