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Driverless cars tested for the first time on UK roads

Driverless cars tested for the first time on UK roads
Britain on Wednesday launched the trial of driverless cars in four English cities for the first time, with the government claiming the nation was uniquely placed to lead the development of the new technology.

“Driverless vehicle technology has the potential to be a real game-change on the UK’s roads, altering the face of motoring in the most fundamental of ways and delivering major benefits for road safety, social inclusion, emissions and congestion,” said UK transport minister Claire Perry. The UK government is also considering changes to the country’s Highway Code for these cars to be allowed on the roads for public use as it wants Britain to become a world leader in driverless technology. A code of practice would be published later this year which will allow the testing of autonomous cars to go ahead. Business secretary Vince Cable said the trials, backed by 19 million pounds worth of funding from the government, would keep the UK at the cutting edge of automotive technology and should bring more highly-skilled jobs to the UK.

“The projects we are now funding in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry will help to ensure we are world-leaders in this field and able to benefit from what is expected to be a 900 billion pounds industry by 2025,” he said.

Autonomous Lutz Pathfinder ‘pods’ were seen driving around public areas in Milton Keynes, south-east England, and Coventry, central England, while a Gateway scheme is testing out its self-drive shuttle vehicles in Greenwich.  
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