Driverless cars coming to UK in six months!

31 July 2014

google car Vince Cable reckons that the driverless car is going to be a thing, and to prove it, they are going to be trialled in three cities next year!

The business secretary is looking into the laws that ban them from the roads, and going to see if he can overturn it.

He also added that the government would make a £10million fund for developing the technology in the UK. Because it's quite a priority for the cash-strapped Briton - rent, food, driverless car etc.

Speaking with his mouth, he said: "Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society."

It is currently illegal for driverless cars to mooch around UK roads. There are those semi-autonomous affairs like the Volvo XC90, but they still require a human with a license, as opposed to say, a labrador.

The Department for Transport  are also looking into updating the rules on road use, but aren't offering an ETA of when they'll get that finished. Hark at them.

The UK already has a few groups working on driverless car technology, with boffins at Oxford and engineering firm Mira.

Coo. Imagine being able to hail a driverless cab and programming it ahead to play Heart's 'Alone' and Atlantic Starr's 'Always' on it's in-car stereo for major late night vibes.

So yeah. The future.

TOPICS:   Technology   Motoring

3 comments

  • BS
    I'm actually excited to see this development. Apparently driverless cars are safer which is great and the main appeal but I'm curious as to if they actually work well in all situations.
  • Whisky
    The big question is will I be able to get steaming in the pub and have one of them take me home. Also I know they are allegedly safer but how would do they deal with an impending accident? Are they capable of leaving the road, e.g grass verge to avoid a collision like a human driver could or would they just throw the anchors on?
  • People P.
    Presumably they would have to be completely driverless i.e. impossible to be driven by a human. Otherwise any human in the car would be potentially in control of it and therefore liable - drunk, banned, unlicensed etc. How would they be insured? What would they be used for? at whisky - why would they need to leave the road, potentially injuring any passers-by? Emergency stop and take the consequences - there's no driver to be injured.

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