Jersey politician wants the island to be driverless testbed

Jersey’s infrastructure minister is suggesting that the island is the ideal testing ground for driverless cars.

The Jersey Evening Post quotes Tom Binet as telling a Scrutiny Hearing on the island that the island, which measures nine miles by five miles, would be perfect for driverless cars, given that the average speed is 17 mph.

“The intention over the next four years is to be as far ahead of the game as we possibly can be,” he’s quoted as saying. “With 100,000 people, we can’t lead on technology, but we can follow best-practice and when something comes on to the market that seems to be ahead of the game, you can look at it and introduce it as quickly as you can. Jersey is a great sandbox and if we can attract people to come over here, then great.”

Deputy Binet is also encouraging more car sharing, with him revealing that the island’s government is looking at investing in transport sharing company Evie, possibly taking a stake in the firm. The idea is to enable new social-housing developments to have a number of shared electric cars which would use on-site charging points.

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