Driverless Cars Tested at London Gateway
Ford UK tests autonomous vehicles at London Gateway to determine how the technology can impact operations and workflow at ports.
07:28 06 December 2021
Ford UK is set to trial autonomous vehicles in London to see their impact on operations and workflow at ports. The trial also aims to demonstrate how freeports can be transformed for innovation and collaboration.
DP World, the terminal operator at Thames Freeport and partner to Ford UK, stated “With an expected investment of over £5.5 billion ($7.32 billion) in autonomous vehicle research worldwide from Ford by 2025 and £2 billion ($2.66 billion) investment by DP World in the UK, we look forward to the innovation and technological developments that will emanate from Thames Freeport as it sits at the heart of Britain’s trading future.”
In an effort to attract more businesses, Thames Freeport has also recently introduced a range of financial incentives to business owners. This means that anyone setting up a new logistics or cleaner energy business in the area would be eligible for economic benefits which are available across the three tax sites of the Port of Tilbury, Ford Dagenham and London Gateway's Logistics Park.