Experts trial beaming speed limits and traffic details directly into cars

No more ‘pointless‘ road signs as experts trial beaming speed limits and traffic details directly into cars to create ‘naked highways‘

Speed limits and traffic details could soon be beamed straight into cars, creating ‘naked highways‘ that don‘t have any signs.

Experts hope that super-fast 5G wifi will allow the information to pass directly from the road and onto digital screens in cars, making signs unnecessary within the next eight years.

Areas where trials, developed by automated vehicle company Zenzic, will take place include and Greenwich, with some tests starting as early as next year.

It is hoped that drivers will be able to get vital information quicker, making roads safer overall.

Experts hope that super-fast 5G wifi will allow the information to pass directly from the road and onto digital screens in cars, making signs unnecessary within the next eight years

This should also cut the millions of pounds highways authorities spend on mending and improving signs every year.

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There are 4.6 million signs on roads, twice what it was 20 years ago, a government report found.

Motoring groups think that a third are barely useful,  reports.

Zenzic chief executive Daniel Ruiz said: ‘The objective is to put in technology that leads to the longer term objective of taking signs out. 

‘We reckon that by 2027 we will no longer be reliant on physical roadside signage.‘

This comes after the UK’s first so-called Autonomous Village at Millbrook Proving Ground, opened in September. 

The Millbrook-Culham urban test bed includes more than 40 miles of secure tracks, a new simulator and a private mobile network.

These will help manufacturers, start-up firms and academics fine-tune software, sensors, data collection and security systems for self-driving cars.

Millbrook’s testing village is one of six sites across the UK coordinated by Zenzic to receive a total of £51 million worth of Government funding.

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