We are continually being told that autonomous cars are around the corner, but who will help us to look around the corner?

Scientists and Physicists at the UK National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology are developing incredibly accurate and precise quantum sensors which will help future drivers to ‘trust’ their autonomous vehicles, whether this is a car, ship, train or plane. These are technologies that instinctively understand your immediate environment, and what is around you.

The UK’s national infrastructure is built upon the use of a single navigation system, and if this fails, our critical services, such as the emergency services and electricity, cease to operate. Our research and development in quantum clocks means that the country will have an independent time source so this risk is mitigated. On an everyday practical level, it also means that future vehicle owners will have easy access to precise, stable GPS systems.

These are the next generation of satellite navigation systems.

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