We'll have driverless cars on UK roads by the end of the year!
In a document called 'Action for Roads', the Department for Transport confirmed that Oxford University brains will start trials of autonomous ghost cars later this year.
The DfT said: "Researchers at Oxford University are currently working with Nissan to... create semi-autonomous cars. These vehicles will have a driver present but are capable of driving fully independently, using knowledge of the environment in which they are driving. A groundbreaking trial of these vehicles on the road is expected to start later this year."
They added: "By 2040, experts expect a world of connected vehicles and road users, where ‘semi-autonomous’ and ‘autonomous’ control of vehicles will be part of life. Vehicles will communicate not only with the road infrastructure, but increasingly with each other. Innovative ways to make vehicles cooperate with one another, such as the "platooning" approach for heavy vehicles on strategic roads, have the potential to make our roads work better for everyone."
Prof Paul Newman, who leads the team working on the cars, said: "It's a great area to be working in because it's IT and computers and that's what changes things. The British government sees that engineering is important."