This article focuses on the infrastructure implications of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Attention has tended to be given to the development of AVs themselves, but just as significant is the impact that AVs will have on the UK's infrastructure.
In order to support the use of AVs, there will need to be changes and upgrades to our roads, our power generation and grid infrastructure will need to be sufficiently robust, more data centres are likely to be needed to manage the huge amount of information generated by AVs, and there may be a new approach to how we design housing developments and use car parks.
AVs are a topical subject, and the UK is taking a leading role in their development. There are likely to be many interesting investment opportunities relating to AVs and, in particular, the associated infrastructure.
DAC Beachcroft is a UK law firm positioning itself to capitalise on the expanding autonomous vehicles market. This up-and-coming technology, while recently facing controversies, is set to change the shape of the UK infrastructure landscape.