Electric vehicles

Electric cars

There are more than 150,000 Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) and 14,000 public charging points in use in Great Britain.

It is very likely that these numbers will increase in the coming years and eventually overtake the number of petrol and diesel vehicles.

The Road to Zero Strategy sets out the Government’s plans for all new cars and vans sold in the UK to be effectively zero emission and to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. By 2050, it wants almost every car and van sold to be zero emission.

Autonomous vehicles

In the last decade, vehicles have become increasingly autonomous, performing tasks for us such as automatically operating window wipers and lights.

Technology has also developed within vehicles to assist us with the driving task, including features such as park assist, reverse cameras, cruise control and lane assist.

The automation of vehicles is set to become more widespread, with the emergence of advanced sensing devices and new on-board processing capabilities. This will mean that less and less input is needed from the ‘human driver’ during the driving task. This could also lead to shifts in the way that cars and other vehicles are used and owned.

Are you also interested in cycling safety?

See our cycling webpages for more information and advice about keeping safe while cycling.

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Do you work in road safety engineering?

RoSPA and TMS Consultancy work in partnership to deliver two specialist training courses for road safety engineers and technicians.

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