Over €3 Billion Needed To Prepare Spanish Roads For Driverless Cars

Over €3 Billion Needed To Prepare Spanish Roads For Driverless Cars

LAST UPDATED: 16 February, 2016 @ 9:43 am
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Bosch driverless concept car

Bosch driverless concept car
Bosch driverless concept car

SPANISH drivers dreaming of road trips where cars do all the work may have to wait.

An engineer with German car giants Bosch says Spain needs to invest at least €3 billion in its infrastructure before introducing driverless cars.

Maria Belen Aranda Colas told a Madrid conference that huge sums are needed to update road signs so cars can anticipate diversions or closures.

Arguably, it’s worth it: “An 80% average improvement could be achieved in traffic, and drivers could recover nearly one hour which they lose each day driving their current cars,” said Colas.

The Spanish engineer said extra funds would also be needed to update and maintain the signs each year.

In November, a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso became the first driverless car tested in Spain, travelling 373 miles on motorways from Vigo to Madrid.

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