Driverless Cars Approved for Testing by UK
Expect to see driverless cars roaming the streets of the United Kingdom this year.
“I want Britain to be at the forefront of this exciting new development, to embrace a technology that could transform our roads and open up a brand new route for global investment,” Transport Minister Claire Perry said in a statement.
The government has approved autonomous vehicles to be tested on public roads starting summer as the country hopes to encourage companies to invest and develop the technology in the U.K. Testing of driverless cars will be restricted to vehicles with a person present who has the ability to take control if something goes wrong. According to the Department for Transport (DfT), there are no legal barriers to the technology being tested on British roads after it carried out a review into driverless cars.
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Currently DfT is working on a code of practice for driverless cars and is expected to publish in the spring. Vehicles are expected to be tested on roads across the country starting the summer.