The UK government are offering cities a fund of £10million to allow driverless cars to be tested on their roads.
Automated driverless cars have been restricted to use on private roads until now, fears over safety and issues surrounding legalities and insurance have so far prevented cars developed by Audi, Lexus, Nissan, Toyota and Volvo to be tested on real life UK public roads. The government are now tempting cities to become the testing centre for self-driving cars with a huge £10million fund being backed by the department for Transport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The government are keen for the UK to keep up with the likes of Japan and the USA, who have all developed and tested driverless cars on their roads. Back in 2013 George Osborne stated that the UK is the right place for driverless cars due to its legislative and regulatory framework but a year later and the technology is still to be tested. Googles driverless car has already covered over 300,000 miles in California.
The British Business Secretary Lance Cable yesterday announced that driverless cars will be on UK roads by January 2015. Where will technology take us next?