Automated vehicles are set to arrive on British roads within the next 6 months after government ministers introduce laws which allow Google-esque driverless cars to be trialled, with reports suggesting that the Government will begin trials as early as January of next year.
Media outlets BBC and the Daily Mail both reported that ministers are set to review existing road regulations to make it possible to test driverless vehicles safely and effectively.
The news comes not long after web and tech-giant Google revealed its first self-driving, hands-free car. The bubble car unveiled by Google is without brake and accelerator pads and has no steering wheel. Instead, their impressive feat of technology features only a start, emergency and pullover button.
Agreeing, Claire Perry, Transport Minister, said: “Driverless cars have huge potential to transform the UK’s transport network. They could improve safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions, particularly CO2.”
Some countries already allow autonomous vehicles on roads, including the United States. In some states in the US driverless cars are being trialled but presently someone is required to sit in the driver’s seat.
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