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December 6, 2013

UK paves way for driverless car tech

Government gives go ahead to trial driverless cars on public roads.

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK government has revealed plans to offer £10m in funding to a town or city that can develop testing ground for driverless vehicles, saying that it wants to become a world leader for the autonomous technology.

In its latest broad National Infrastructure Plan, the government proposed to carry out a review of the proposal by late 2014 to ensure the UK’s ‘legislative and regulatory framework are in place for the car manufacturers to build and test driverless cars.

Latest plans also include operation of 100 fully autonomous vehicles on the town’s pathways together with pedestrians, via sensors to avoid collisions by mid-2017.

In July, researchers at Oxford University already revealed plans to trial cars with Nissan on UK roads, with the tests already carried out on a private road in a science park.

Milton Keynes is already trialling with driverless pods.

Google’s driverless car recently completed 500,000 miles of roads, moreover the California, Nevada and Florida supported regulation to allow driverless cars.

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Another self driving car, developed by Nissan, has been trialled in public on a Japanese highway this month, while Volvo also plans to place 100 autonomous vehicles on public roads in Sweden by 2017.

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