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Academy Director, Transport Research Laboratory (TRL)
 
Nick joined the Human Factors and Simulation group at TRL in January 2004 following post-doctoral work in visual perception at the University of Oxford. He has led a wide variety of studies using high fidelity car and truck simulators with a number of published articles, conference papers, and appearances in national and international media. Nick also champions work in the area of vehicle automation, culminating in his technical leadership of the GATEway driverless vehicle trial in Greenwich.

Driverless cars: A united approach has to be the way forward.

Driverless cars: A united approach has to be the way forward.

Many people believe that the ultimate road safety feature that we will see is that of automation. The United Kingdom has already started trialing this new technology and in this latest entry into the Brake blog, Professor Nick Reed looks at how automation is currently being developed and the potential pitfalls it may face. 

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Automated vehicles: silver bullet or fools’ gold?

Automated vehicles: silver bullet or fools’ gold?

Following our look at choosing safe vehicles earlier this week, today we look at what might be considered the ultimate safety feature: automation. Since the government's launch of three driverless vehicle trials in February, there's been much speculation about their benefits. Professor Nick Reed from the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) examines where we are now and what needs to be overcome before they become a reality.

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