Government and Google meet up about autonomous vehicles
Some documents have been uncovered which shows that the government in the UK have been having a chat with Google about their autonomous driving program. These talks have been going on for a couple of years.
These particular documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information act, show that the Department of Transport government had five meetings with Google X, to talk about safety and the like. So far, so blindingly obvious.
Of course, trials for these driverless vehicles have already been taking place in Milton Keynes and Coventry, so politicians being interested in this field is of no surprise. "Driverless cars will bring great benefits to our society, the economy and road safety and we are investing millions into research and trials for the motoring of the future," a spokesman for the Department for Transport said.
"The UK is in a unique position to lead the way for the testing of connected and autonomous vehicles. We are making sure our laws are in step with this fast evolving technology and are working with industry to keep the UK at the forefront of its development."
Google X’s Sarah Hunter, after meeting the government, said that the tech behemoth is "very positive about the non-regulatory approach being taken in the UK [which] places the UK in a good position and could be seen as an example of best practice."
So there you go.