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Driverless cars allowed on UK roads from next year

Date: 08/08/2014 04:52:11
Category: Car tracking
Author: Jack Stanton

Permission has been granted for autonomous cars to hit the road as of January 2015.

Business secretary Vince Cable announced the plans on behalf of the UK government, while also revealing that UK road regulations will need to be reviewed to cater for the driverless cars. Cities across the country are now being encouraged to bid to host trials of the technology, and have until October to declare their interest, bbc.co.uk reports.

The term 'driverless vehicle' refers to cars which for the vast majority of a journey, if not all of it, will take control of steering, braking, accelerating and indicating, much like 'autopilot' does on aeroplanes.

Some £10 million has been set aside for three selected cities to transform their streets so that they are ready for driverless cars, according to cleantechnica.com.

Mr Cable pointed out that he "felt safe" in a driverless car. During the announcement, he said: "Driverless cars [can] take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society."

Across the pond, California, Nevada and Florida have already approved autonomous vehicle trials, while Google's driverless car has also racked up more than 300,000 miles on US roads.

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