Wireless internet could be installed on UK motorways as part of preparations for driverless vehicles, a report says
Highways England’s investment strategy says it is exploring improving Wi-Fi and 5G connectivity across a 4,400 mile network of UK motorways and A-roads.
It is part of a bid to back government ambitions to have “fully self-driving cars… on UK roads by 2021”.
The agency hopes the technology can be used to send variable motorway speed limits directly into cars.
The Strategic Road Network report provides details of how Highways England intends to spend £15bn of investment from 2020.
The report says a roll-out of high speed fibre-optic cabling across the network would provide the infrastructure needed for “connected”, or autonomous driving.
Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said the proposals, which includes expanding the number of smart motorways across the UK, would “help ensure the network continues to drive economic growth, jobs and prosperity” in the …