Driverless cars - they're definitely happening in the UK

11 February 2015

google car Driverless cars have long been talked about and they're coming ever closer to the roads of the UK as changes to the MOT test and Highway Code are being looked at by the Department of Transport in a report.

The government, in their aim to make the UK one of the world leaders in driverless technology, is going to publish a code of practice in the coming months, which is going to make it easier to test autonomous vehicles on the roads of Britain.

The cars will be tested out on the roads of Coventry and Milton Keynes and there's going to be a full review of current driving legislations by the summer of 2017, which will weigh-up whether driverless cars need to adhere to a higher standard of driving than normal cars.

One of the main concerns is who will be responsible should an accident or collision happen and, of course, the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

"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 transport minister Claire Perry.

£19m is being freed up by the government to launch a number of schemes in four locations in the UK and, included in this is the promise of a fully autonomous shuttle in Greenwich.

TOPICS:   Motoring

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