Alex Holt, Partner and Head of Telecoms at KPMG, said: "I welcome the Chancellor's encouragement of connected vehicle technology in the UK. While some people may be terrified about the prospect of autonomous or driverless vehicles on the streets of the UK, in my view it's a reality they'll need to get used to.
"The Government’s announcement to bring down the regulatory barriers facing autonomous vehicles and establishing a ‘connected corridor’ from London to Dover are the sort of measures that might encourage significant telecoms infrastructure investments. Seamless, high quality and ultra-fast fixed and mobile connectivity is essential for successful and safe deployment of connected vehicles.
"The sooner Ofcom can conclude the Digital Communications Review, the sooner organisations can get the long-term assurance they need to write the big cheques for telecoms infrastructure that will underpin the creation of new digital opportunities, such as connected vehicles."
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