Driverless cars to be tested on UK roads

4 December 2014

google car Driverless cars are here. Quite literally. Four locations in the UK have now been selected where driverless cars will be tested.

Greenwich, in south-east London, and Bristol will each host a project of their own, while Coventry and Milton Keynes will share a third. These places were chosen because the government doesn't mind if the cars crash into buildings and people there.

This was unveiled by the UK quango crew, Innovate UK, after the Autumn Statement was revealed.

The chancellor announced an additional £9m in funding for the work, adding to the £10m that had been announced in July.

Bristol plans to investigate whether the cars are capable of reducing congestion, in conjunction with some insurance groups. Greenwich is set to run tests as part of the Gateway scheme. This will be led by the Transport Research Laboratory consultancy and also involves General Motors, and the AA and RAC motoring associations.

The TRL's chief executive Rob Wallis said: "The combination of TRL's independent expertise; robust, reliable testing protocols and driving simulation facilities alongside the diverse and high calibre qualities of our consortium means we can safely demonstrate automated vehicles to build acceptance and trust in this revolutionary technology,"

Milton Keynes and Coventry will host the UK Autodrive programme, which involves Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and the engineering consultancy Arup and will test both self-drive cars on the road as well as self-driving pods designed for pedestrianised areas.

It's all jolly and futuristic and then someone will hack them and we'll be sorry.

TOPICS:   Motoring

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