A new type of driverless car technology is set to be trialled in the West Midlands - which will be one of just seven regions across the world to take part.
Transport for West Midlands will be heading the trial, which will see local road information beamed directly to connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
CAVs currently rely on third-party datasets, computer vision, onboard sensors and machine learning to react to the road.
However there are shortcomings in such technology, relying on cars to react to road signs and marking when such signs may be obscured or the road markings faded.
Using the new technology, INRIX AV Road Rules, transport organisations will be able to digitally upload local road information to a central database, which is then beamed directly to autonomous vehicles on the road.
The pilot is set to run alongside the Combined Authority's real-time CAV testing on selected roads in Birmingham, Coventry and Solihull.
The West Midlands will be one of only two regions in the country to test the technology, and one of only seven worldwide.
The platform allows transport authorities to log in and digitise information on local restrictions.
INRIX says it will then be easy to make changes, upload new information, such as roadworks or construction schemes, and monitor the performance of the road network.
And councillor Roger Lawrence, portfolio holder for transport in the combined authority, says the news is yet further evidence that the West Midlands is taking the lead in driverless car technology.
“The West Midlands is already taking the lead when it comes to testing and trialling technology for self-driving vehicles," he said.
“This pilot will provide vital information about our local roads that can be read and understood by autonomous vehicles to improve their performance and safety.
“We’re delighted to be one of the first two UK transport authorities engaged in this pilot.”
In addition to the West Midlands trial, one trial will also be run in Scotland, while five will be run in America in Boston, Austin, Cambridge, Portland and Southern Nevada.