Published on August 6th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro8
UK To Allow Autonomous Cars Starting Next Year
August 6th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
The dawn of the driverless car is here, and all over the world countries are planning for the inevitable adoption of autonomous cars. While here in the US laws vary widely regarding the use of autonomous cars, starting in January in the UK, driverless vehicles will be allowed on public roads all across the small nation, reports the BBC.
The United Kingdom is working to make the country inviting to this new breed of automobile, and the government is inviting its biggest cities to compete to be one of three metro areas where self-driving car trials can begin. In addition, transportation and business ministers are calling for an overview of road regulations in order to ensure that autonomous car drivers aren’t unintentionally breaking any laws.
“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,” said Business Secretary Vince Cable.
A £10 million (about $16.8 million) fund has been set up to help the three chosen cities cover the costs of adopting their streets to driverless cars, and cities have until October to express their interest in the project. Tests are planned to run between 18 and 36 months, and could help make the UK one of the most welcoming places for companies to bring their autonomous car technologies.
But with US states like Nevada, Florida, and of course Califonira already inviting automakers to test self-driving vehicles on their roads, the UK isn’t the first to open its roads to autonomous vehicles. Which place will see self-driving cars come en masse first?
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