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‘Self-driving’ lorries coming to UK roads

Small convoys of partially driverless lorries will be tried out on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced.

A contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to carry out the tests of vehicle “platoons” – in which up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle. But the head of the AA said platoons raised safety concerns.

The government has been promising such a project since at least 2014. Last year, it announced its intention to carry out platooning trials but was later frustrated after some European lorry makers declined to participate.

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