Driverless cars get green-lit for UK roads

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By Harish Jonnalagadda on 30 Jul 2014 07:50 am

The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year.

The Department for Transport is inviting cities to register interest in hosting driverless vehicle trials, with each city set to play host to one of the three trails scheduled to be conducted in the country. Cities registering interest have until October 1 to do so, and the UK government has announced that it is allocating £10 in funds to cover the costs of conducting the trails. Each project is set to last anywhere from 18 to 36 months.

Ministers in the UK are currently reviewing changes to the Highway Code to ensure that autonomous vehicles comply with existing safety guidelines in the country. Two areas under scrutiny involve scenarios wherein a driver can take control of an autonomous vehicle should the need arise, and for vehicles which do not have a driver onboard.

Residents in the UK, are you looking forward to autonomous vehicles?

Source: GOV.UK

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Driverless cars get green-lit for UK roads


Something tells me that the city I live in (Stoke-on-Trent) will not be a trial area. which is a shame, I know I'm in the minority but I think I trust driverless cars more than cars with humans in control.

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