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Driverless cars to ride UK roads

The UK government has announced plans to allow driverless cars on public roads from early next year.

Business Secretary Vince Cable has shared plans that will see driverless vehicles on UK roads from January 2015.

Driverless cars have till now only been allowed on private roads, but the new measures could see the vehicles being permitted on public roads as early as January 2015.

By comparison, Google's 'Google Car' has already driven thousands of miles on US roads in California.

UK cities will now be able to compete for a share of a £10m competition to host a driverless car trial. The idea is to get cities to work with businesses and researchers to create proposals to become a test location and how the city can create business opportunities from the technology.

Three cities will be selected to host the 18-36 month trials which will start in January 2015. The competition is being funded by Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport, and in partnership with the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board.

Transport minister Claire Perry said driverless cars have the potential to transform the UK’s transport network. 'They could improve safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions, particularly CO2,' she said. 'We are determined to ensure driverless cars can fulfil this potential, which is why we are actively reviewing regulatory obstacles to create the right framework for trialling these vehicles on British roads.'

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  • 01 August 2014
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