Researching Vehicle Automation in 1960s Britain

Georgina Lockton - History at Leicester

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This image shows the first car in Britain to be adapted to run in a driverless mode. It is a Citroen DS19 which was acquired by the Road Research Laboratory in 1960. The Laboratory buried energized cables beneath their test track at Crowthorne, which the car was modified to follow using pick-ups that were mounted on the front. The image shows the car as it is now, residing in the stores of the Science Museum at Wroughton. The car is central to my object-based research relating to the history of vehicle automation in 1960s Britain.