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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Driverless Cars To Hit UK Roads By January 2015

Three states in the United States have passed laws allowing driverless cars to be tested on public roads. These are California, Nevada and Florida. The United Kingdom plans on following suit by making provisions for autonomous cars to be tested on public roads by as early as six months from now.

The UK Department of Transport had previously suggested that driverless cars would start appearing on public roads for testing by the end 2013. There were even monetary incentives announced to help fund a city to test driverless cars.

Business Secretary Vince Cable revealed details for a research facility for testing. He added that driverless cars will take to the streets by January 2015 and put the United Kingdom at the forefront of this transformational technology and in turn benefit the economy and society.

Other countries like Japan and Sweden also have laws in place for allowing driverless car testing.

Google seems to be the frontrunner in driverless car testing and technology these days. Their self-driving car project has logged over 300,000 miles in California alone. They've also announced plans to manufacture about 100 self-driving cars back in May while automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz are also believed to be working on similar vehicles of their own.

Source: BBC

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